All employers should now be aware of the their pension obligations. Any employers who started employing workers before 1st October 2017 will have been issued with a staging date. This is the date when they had to have a qualifying auto enrolment pension in place. For new businesses / employers after 30th September 2017 pension duties start as soon as they employ someone for the first time. Your staging date sets the date for your pension re-enrolment, due every three years.
Pension re-enrolment will need to be completed roughly three years after your staging date. As part of the process you will need to complete a re-declaration of compliance to the Pensions Regulator. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in a fine.
The first date to work out is the 3 year anniversary of your staging date. The pension re-enrolment window is from 3 months before your the 3 year anniversary until 3 months after. This means that if your staging date was 1st June 2016:
To find your re-enrolment date use the the following link to the Pension Regulator Tool. You will need your PAYE reference and the Letter Code, which you will have been sent when your pension duties started.
A member of staff who meets any of the following criteria does not need to be assessed:
You need to assess staff who have:
The point of pension re-enrolment is to assess staff who are not in the pension scheme and re-enrol them if required.
|Date||Employer minimum||Employee minimum / Employer additional||Total|
|Employer's staging date to 5 April 2018||1%||1%||2%|
|6 April 2016 to 5 April 2019||2%||3%||5%|
|6 April 2019 onwards||3%||5%||8%|
Minimum pension contributions increased from 1st April 2019. The total of employer an employee contributions after any tax relief must now be be 8% of qualifying earnings.
|2020-21||Annual||1 week||Fortnight||4 weeks||1 month||1 quarter||Bi-annual|
|Lower level of qualifying earnings||£6,240||£120||£240||£480||£520||£1,560||£3,120|
|Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment||£10,000||£192||£384||£768||£833||£2,499||£4,998|
|Upper level of qualifying earnings||£50,000||£962||£1,9244||£3,847||£4,167||£12,500||£25,000|
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