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What if I don't have any staff?

Automatic enrolment duties don’t apply when a company or individual are not considered an employer. You won’t have any duties if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you’re a sole director company, with no other staff
  • your company has a number of directors, none of whom has an employment contract, with no other staff
  • your company has a number of directors, only one of whom has an employment contract, with no other staff
  • your company has ceased trading
  • your company has gone into liquidation
  • your company has been dissolved
  • you no longer employ people in your home (cleaners, nannies, personal care assistants, etc)

Automatic enrolment duties will apply if more than one director has a contract of employment. You can find more information about your duties if you're a director in automatic enrolment enquiries.

You can find more information about employment contracts on the employment status section of the GOV.UK website.

What do you need to do?

If one of the reasons above applies to you and you have received a letter from us, tell us you’re not an employer by using our online form.

If you no longer employ people in your home (cleaners, nannies, personal care assistants, etc) then please contact us and let us know.

Tell us you're not an employer

You’ll need your letter code, PAYE reference and Companies House number (if you have one) to hand.

If your circumstances change so that automatic enrolment duties apply to you, you’ll need to inform us of this as soon as possible. For example if you took on a member of staff other than a director, or if at least two directors started working for you under contracts of employment.

Please note that, if we discover that an employer has provided false or misleading information in order to evade automatic enrolment duties, we will take this into account when deciding whether to take action against the employer in the future.

Tell us you're not an employer

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