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What if I don't have any staff?

Automatic enrolment duties don’t apply when an organisation, business or individual are not considered an employer.

You are still an employer if you employ someone who doesn’t meet the criteria to be put into a pension scheme.

You won’t have any duties if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you’re a sole director of an organisation or business with no other staff
  • your organisation or business has a number of directors, none of whom has an employment contract, with no other staff
  • your organisation or business has a number of directors, only one of whom has an employment contract, with no other staff
  • your organisation or business has gone into liquidation. This option is for companies registered on Companies House
  • your organisation or business has been dissolved. This option is for companies registered on Companies House
  • you’re a partnership or limited liability partnership and you have permanently ceased trading
  • you’re a sole trader and you have permanently ceased trading
  • you’re an individual and you no longer employ someone in your home (a cleaner, nanny, personal care assistant etc)

How to tell us you are not an employer

If automatic enrolment duties don’t apply to you and you have received a letter from us, you will need to tell us you’re not an employer by using our online form.

However, if you’re an individual and you no longer employ someone in your home (a cleaner, nanny, personal care assistant etc) please contact us to let us know.

If you’re a freelancer or self employed, there is no need to notify us you are not an employer unless you receive a letter from us.

You will still have automatic enrolment duties and should not complete this form if:

  • you employ someone who doesn’t meet the criteria to be put into a pension scheme
  • your organisation or business has more than one director with a contract of employment - you can find more information about employment contracts on the employment status section of the GOV.UK website
  • you are intending to employ someone

For more information about your automatic enrolment duties use our online tool.

Your legal duties

Employers are responsible for meeting their legal duties for automatic enrolment.

If you tell us that you are not an employer, it means that you have stated that you don't have automatic enrolment duties under the Pensions Act 2008.

If you provide false or misleading information to avoid your duties, you may be fined or prosecuted.

What if my circumstances change?

If your circumstances change so that automatic enrolment duties apply to you, you’ll need to inform us of this as soon as possible.

Tell us you're not an employer

If you no longer employ someone in your home, contact us to let us know.

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