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Auto enrolment staging dates: Find out yours


June 20, 2014

A staging date is the date by which you must become auto enrolment compliant and meeting your new pension duties. Staging dates span over six years from October 2012 through to 2018 and are based on the size of your PAYE scheme. The more employees in the PAYE scheme, the sooner your auto enrolment staging date will be.

Auto enrolment staging date timetable by employer size

The latest timetable of staging dates, published in 2012 is set out below to give you an approximate staging date. However, we recommend you use The Pensions Regulator Staging Date Calculator to discover your exact auto enrolment staging date.

Employer size by PAYE scheme

Auto enrolment staging date from

250 or more employees

1 October 2012

50 to 249 employees

1 April 2014

30 to 49 employees

1 August 2015

Less than 30 employees

1 January 2016

Employers without PAYE schemes

1 April 2017

New employers Apr 2012 to Mar 2013

1 May 2017

New employers Apr 2013 to Mar 2014

1 July 2017

New employers Apr 2014 to Mar 2015

1 August 2017

New employers Apr 2015 to Dec 2015

1 October 2017

New employers Jan 2016 to Sep 2016

1 November 2017

New employers Oct 2016 to Jun 2017

1 January 2018

New employers Jul 2017 to Sep 2017

1 February 2018

New employers Oct 2017


What's next?

You should start preparing for auto enrolment 12 months in advance of your staging date. This means assessing your workforce, communicating auto enrolment to your employees and setting up a qualifying pension scheme such as NEST Pensions  or NOW: Pensions.

Learn more about auto enrolment

To learn more about auto enrolment, take a look at our auto enrolment guide or our blog posts listed below:

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