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1.Know your staging date

  • You should do this approximately 12 months before your duties come into effect
  • This step should take around 5 minutes

The date your automatic enrolment duties start is called your staging date and is when the law comes into effect for you. It can be found on the letters about automatic enrolment that we send to you.

There are several tasks you’ll need to complete before your staging date to be ready to comply with your duties – for example, choosing a pension scheme.

Give yourself plenty of time before your staging date to prepare for automatic enrolment. This will allow you time to plan your finances, and find the best pension scheme for your staff and to carry out other tasks listed in this guide.

If you don't know your staging date, you can find it using your PAYE reference. If you don't pay your staff through a PAYE scheme, your staging date will be 1 April 2017.

What do you need to do?

Find out your staging date and make a note of it. You will need your PAYE reference to hand.

Where do I find my PAYE reference? question mark

If you don't know your PAYE reference, it can be found on a P6/P9 coding notice or on your white payslip booklet P30BC.

Find out your staging date

What's next?

Now that you know your staging date, tell us who we need to contact about automatic enrolment. The next step will help you to do this.

Go to step 2: provide a point of contact

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