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Find out your staging date



Your staging date is set in law as of 1 April 2012 and is the date your automatic enrolment duties come into effect for you. You must be prepared for this date. You'll need your PAYE reference to find out your staging date.

The PAYE Reference can be found on letters you have received from The Pensions Regulator about automatic enrolment. Alternatively, it can be found on the letter HMRC sent you when you first registered as an employer, or from your payroll software package.

If you don't pay your staff through a PAYE scheme, your staging date will be 1 April 2017.

illustration of a letter and a zoom on where to find your PAYE reference

Enter your PAYE referencePAYE reference If you use more than one PAYE scheme, enter the reference of each one into the tool. You'll get a staging date for each one and your staging date is whichever is the earliest. :


Tip: An example of a PAYE reference is 913 / WZ5121A. In this example you'd enter '913' and 'WZ5121A'.
Please use capital letters and take care not to confuse numbers with letters; zero and the letter 'O' look very similar!


Important note

This tool is designed for employers with only one Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme. In some cases there are exceptions to the information provided by the tool and you will need to make some additional checks. It remains your responsibility, as the employer, to correctly identify your own staging date.

If you have staff in more than one PAYE scheme, you'll need to enter the details of each PAYE scheme into the tool. Your staging date will be the date that's earliest. This will be the case even if the majority of your staff are not in that PAYE scheme.

Read exceptions on the information provided by the tool. The staging date is determined by the size of an employer's PAYE scheme based on the number of persons within that scheme. The number of persons in a scheme is wholly derived from the latest information from HM Revenue and Customs held by the regulator on 1 April 2012.