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Auto enrolment

Workplace pension law has changed. Auto enrolment is a government initiative designed to help people save for their retirement, which means every employer in the UK has a duty to enrol their employees into a pension scheme and contribute towards it (even those employing seasonal workers).

The date at which employers must comply is known as a staging date. Staging dates span from October 2012 until October 2017. Find out your staging date here .

Learn more about auto enrolment in Opera 3 Payroll

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What does it mean for you?

We've put together lots of free guidance material to help you prepare:


Auto enrolment is made easy with Opera 3 Payroll


  • Opera 3 Payroll caters for auto enrolment as standard
  • It integrates with  NEST Pensions and NOW: Pensions  so you can send contributions and information to either pension scheme electronically
  • It's HMRC RTI and PAYE recognised for extra peace of mind
  • It can be fully integrated with other Opera 3 applications, eliminating the need to run separate systems. Alternatively it can be purchased as a stand alone solution
  • Add employees and companies at no extra cost, ideal for growing businesses

See what our customers say about Opera 3 Payroll

“We have been using Opera 3’s auto enrolment capabilities to assess our workforce, categorising employees into eligible jobholders, non-eligible jobholders and entitled worker status, before automatically enrolling those who are eligible or opt-in. The system is fully integrated with the NEST workplace pensions scheme, and has been live for a few weeks now. It is working well in supporting our needs and allowing us to meet the new requirements fully.” 

Russel Bartlett, Payroll Manager, Celtic Manor Resorts

Next steps

Contact us  today learn more about Opera 3 Payroll & HR .

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Opera 3 handles Work Place Pensions Reform (WPR):

  • The use of auto enrolment processing is optional
  • Statutory Pensions Regulator auto enrolment settings allows the various earnings thresholds for auto enrolment to be specified

Auto Enrolment Settings

  • Employer specific auto enrolment details can be stored, such staging dates
  • It is possible to define which Payment Profiles are to be included within the assessment of earnings for auto enrolment
  • Employers can define auto enrolment attributes at pension scheme level; for example: indicating whether the scheme should be used for auto enrolment or not
  • A global auto enrolment updates process allows employers to, for example, auto enrol multiple employees at the same time. The new process will also allow the employer to perform various other general auto enrolment related updates on a global basis such as postponing a group of employees from auto enrolment.

Auto Enrolment Updates

  • Employers can maintain auto enrolment details at an individual employee level; this includes the ability to auto enrol at an individual employee level. In addition auto enrolment options are available when a new employee is created (ie as an extension to the existing new starter process) to allow for immediate auto enrolment of a new starter
  • The calculation process performs auto enrolment earnings assessments (for example: establishing whether the employee is an eligible jobholder, non-eligible jobholder or an entitled worker). The calculation process will also perform various associated validations; for example: if an employee is assessed as having become an eligible jobholder this period, but the employee has not yet been auto enrolled.
  • Various auto enrolment reports show you information including the number of employees that have been auto enrolled to date and total pension scheme contributions

As an employer, you'll also be able to:

  • Define employees who are to have a period of postponement applied to them, including the type of postponement to be applied, and how long the postponement will last
  • Define employees who wish to opt-out, opt-in, join or cease active membership of a scheme
  • Define employees who fall outside of auto enrolment, such as those already in a qualifying pension scheme