A process started in 2012 which means eventually, all UK employers will be obliged to enrol all their eligible employees into a contributory pension scheme, known as Auto Enrolment. This obligation is already being phased in, starting with the biggest employers. The commencement date for an employer’s obligation to provide a contributory pension scheme is known as the staging date.
The government has said that no small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees) will be affected before the end of the current Parliament. The general election will be on 7th May so we are nearly there. Employers will be able to meet this obligation in any way they choose, but one way will be through a government-sponsored National Employment Savings Trust ( NEST ), a simple, low-cost scheme with very limited fund choice, and initial restrictions on transfers and contribution levels. NESTs will be operated by the NEST Corporation, a not-for-profit trustee body, and will be regulated by the Pensions Regulator.
Alterledger can help
Alterledger can help you prepare for your staging and manage your auto enrolment process along with your payroll once everything is up and running. Contact Alterledger or visit the website alterledger.com for more information.