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Automatic Enrolment means that employers across the UK are now providing a workplace pension for their staff.

Make sure you do too. Even if you employ just one person.

Strawberry Pensions has been designed specifically for Automatic Enrolment, to help employers comply in the simplest, smartest and best value way possible.

What you need to know

Get the essentials on what you need to know, or check the FAQs

Automatic Enrolment in 10 Steps

Before you start watch the 1-minute AE in 10 Steps Video and print out our AE in 10 Steps: Who Does What checklist.

Each employer has a date by which they need to comply with the law. This is called your staging date. You must set up a workplace pension scheme before your staging date, if you don’t already offer one. Find out yours now using the staging date tool.

You need to tell The Pensions Regulator (TPR) who will be responsible for managing the automatic enrolment process by nominating a contact. Over the coming months, TPR will send help and guidance to this person.

If you already have a workplace pension scheme, check if you can use it for automatic enrolment. If your existing scheme is not compliant you can use TRUST|Pensions as a new scheme, or transfer your existing scheme to TRUST|Pensions. If you run your own pension scheme you must keep its assets separate from your business assets.

There are a number of tasks that will need to be completed by your staging date, including assessing your workforce to see who’s eligible, choosing a pension scheme, and communicating to staff. To help you prepare use the automatic enrolment action planner to find out what you need to do and by when.

You can use this online calculator to understand the cost of your contributions to the scheme.

You may have software that helps with workforce assessment and issues the statutory communications to workers.  If you don’t have this in place, we can do it for you for an additional charge.

Before joining the scheme, you should consider the TPR guide on What makes a quality scheme and our Quality Assurance Statement. You can decide whether to sign up to the scheme using the EXPRESS form for ease and convenience using standard terms (minimum statutory contributions on qualifying earnings for all eligible workers) or using the BESPOKE form for a more tailored approach. You may want to outsource everything to us, and we can provide an Assisted Sign Up (ASU) service for a one off fixed fee of £300 plus VAT per employer plus £30 plus VAT per member (subject to a minimum of £600). You need to provide us with information about your employees to enrol them. As a minimum, for each of your employees you’ll need their: • name • address • date of birth • National Insurance number • Personal Email address

Once the scheme is set up you should go through the declaration of compliance checklist and then must notify TPR that you have done so to comply with your obligations.

You must pay any pension contributions you take from your employees into your staff pension scheme by our agreed date (5th of the following month). Before making your first contribution, we suggest you send a test file of your worker assessment and a test file of your contribution template. More information will be provided to you when you join the scheme.

Consideration of good governance of your chosen scheme is an ongoing requirement on employers.  The Governance Template provided by TPR provides a good starting point, or talk to us to see how we can help.

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For detailed information about the scheme, please refer to our comprehensive Strawberry Pensions Employer Guide

 

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