Workplace pension auto-enrolment

Workplace pension auto-enrolment 2017-11-01T10:35:23+00:00

By 2017, all employers will be required by law to enrol workers in a workplace pension scheme. This process is called ‘automatic enrolment’. For people employing nannies, it can feel like yet another area to cause confusion and concern – which is why we are providing auto-enrolment support as part of our nanny tax and payroll service.

As part of our payroll service, we’re working together with a company called Creative Auto Enrolment. They can provide a cost-effective, one-stop way for you to get your auto-enrolment ducks in a row and comply with all of the new workplace pension legislation. Conversely, if you do not wish to use Creative Auto Enrolment, you – as an employer – can take care of auto-enrolment yourself or through another provider.

In any instance, all of the payroll aspects of auto enrolment – which include calculating the pension contributions, detailing them on the payslips and providing reports to the pension provider – will be covered as part of our ongoing nanny tax and payroll service.

You will be required to enrol all workers who:

  • are aged between 22 and the State Pension age
  • earn at least £10,000 a year
  • work in the UK

The date each employer needs to auto-enrol (known as a ‘staging date’) is determined by the PAYE reference and is random to some extent. However, if your PAYE scheme commenced after 1 April 2012 your staging date will be as follows:

Date PAYE commenced  
Between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013
Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014
Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015
Staging date
1 May 2017
1 July 2017
1 August 2017

12 months prior to the date that auto-enrolment is due to commence, you will receive a letter from the Pensions Regulator asking for details of contacts. The employer should be nominated as the Primary Contact and Sara Graff of Taxing Nannies as the Secondary Contact. The email address that should be given for Taxing Nannies is Please note that if have already received this letter, you must ensure it is actioned.

If you do not know your staging date and wish to know when you will have to auto-enrol your employees, then we can give you that information.

A workplace pension scheme must be set up before your staging date, and we are writing to our clients several months before the auto-enrolment date.

Once the pension scheme is in place, the minimum pension contributions required to be made are currently 1% of gross earnings over £5,772 for each employee and employer, rising to 5% for employees and 3% for employers by October 2018.


For answers to a range of questions on this topic, take a look at our auto-enrolment FAQs. Or to discuss this or any other aspect of our service in person, simply get in touch…

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