You should do this about 6 months before your staging date as it can take a while to complete.
You’ll need to have a pension scheme that is set up for automatic enrolment. You and your staff will pay money into this scheme to help your staff save for their retirement.
Unless you want to use an existing pension scheme for automatic enrolment, you’ll need to find a scheme yourself or get help from your accountant or a financial adviser.
You should look at different schemes before you decide which is suitable for you and your staff. Some of the options are listed below.
If you have staff who don’t pay income tax, it's important to check that the scheme uses ‘relief at source’ to add tax relief from the government. You should also know what to look for in a pension scheme – such as whether it will accept all your staff, how much it will cost and whether it will work with your payroll.
The following schemes have said they are open to small employers and have been independently reviewed or are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority:
If you have an accountant, they may be able to help you find a scheme or a financial adviser that can help.
You can also use the Money Advice Service retirement adviser directory, which contains advisers who can help you choose a pension scheme for automatic enrolment.
To check if an adviser is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, search the FCA register.
You may already have a scheme for your staff – you might know this as a ‘stakeholder pension’. If you want to use your existing scheme, ask the provider if it meets the automatic enrolment rules.
If you can’t use it, you’ll need to choose a new scheme to meet your automatic enrolment duties.
*Please note that there are many other pension schemes available that aren’t listed on this website. There may also be other ways for schemes to demonstrate to employers that their scheme is well run. We take no responsibility for checking that schemes' claims are accurate.
We cannot recommend or endorse any particular pension scheme or any organisation. Inclusion of a scheme or mention of any organisation on this website does not guarantee their suitability. These web pages are provided for information and guidance only.
Now that you've chosen a pension scheme, you must put your staff into it. The next step will help you to do this.