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Step 3 What to do on your staging date

You must do this on your staging date

On your staging date, you must work out how much each member of staff earns and how old they are. This will identify what you need to do and is known as ‘assessing your staff’. You should use this information in order to complete your declaration of compliance.

Assessing your staff

Staff will fall into one of two categories...

Gross Earnings Age 16 - 21 Age 22 - SPA* Age SPA* - 74
Over £833 a month
(Over £192 a week)
Type 2 Type 1 Type 2
£833 a month or less
(£192 a week or less)
Type 2 Type 2 Type 2

*State Pension Age. If you are unsure what this is use the State Pension Calculator to find out. 

Write to your staff

You must write to each member of staff individually to tell them how automatic enrolment applies to them, even if you don’t have staff to put in a pension scheme. Do this within 6 weeks after your staging date. You can amend our example letter template below.

What next

The next step will help you complete your declaration of compliance, but this is not the end of the process as you have ongoing duties towards your staff.

Your staging date

Use our Duties Checker to confirm your staging date and declaration deadline.

Duties Checker

Which type?

Easily work out which 'type' each member of staff falls into.

All you need to know is each member of staff’s gender, age and earnings.


Age on your staging date

Gross earnings


This staff member is classified as .