The staging dates for automatic enrolment for employers with less than 50 employees started on 1 June 2015 and 1.2 million small and micro employers will commence staging over the next three years.
The first step to compliance with the new regime is to know your staging date which is the date on which an employer becomes subject to the obligation to enrol all eligible job holders into a qualifying pension scheme. An employer’s staging date depends on the number of employees that were in its PAYE scheme on 1 April 2012. You can find out your staging date on the Pensions Regulator’s website
The Pensions Regulator recommends that employers start to plan 12 – 18 months in advance of their staging date to ensure that they have sufficient time to carry out all the planning and preparation required in order to be compliant.