Deadlines staging dates

Deadlines & Staging Dates for WorkPlace Pensions

Below is a complete list of staging dates for auto enrolment. You can use this to check your company's auto enrolment staging date. If you have fewer than 30 employees, you will need to know your PAYE scheme size and PAYE reference to find out your staging date deadline for your workplace pension. Or you can use our free interactive planning tool to find out too. For new employers hiring staff on or after 1st October 2017, see Duties Start Date below.

Your Auto Enrolment Staging Date

All auto enrolment staging dates were set by reference to payroll numbers as at April 2012. To find out your staging date, you will need to know the number of employees your business employed on 1st April 2012. If you think you might have missed your staging date then please refer to our What If I Miss My Staging Date? page to see what steps you need to take next to get back on track.

Look up your Staging Date

N.B. In order to do this successfully you will need the PAYE reference for your company's largest PAYE scheme. We use the Pensions Regulator's staging date service to ensure we provide you with the correct staging date for your business.

Duties Start Date

For those who hire staff for the first time on or after 1st October 2017, even if it is just one person, you become an employer and your legal auto enrolment duties will commence on the day that your first employee starts work. This is known as the Duties Start Date.

So whether you are a small shop owner or hire home help such as a nanny or a personal care assistant, you are legally required to assess your staff to see if they meet the criteria to be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension on your duties start date. For more information on what an employer needs to do in order to be prepared when their duties start date arrives, click here for our employer's automatic enrolment duties checklist.

Staging dates by PAYE scheme size or reference:

Employee count or PAYE No. Staging Date
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 April 2014 and 31 March 2015) 01-Aug-17
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 April 2013 and 31 March 2014) 01-Jul-17
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 April 2012 and 31 March 2013) 01-May-17
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers P1-P9, PA-PZ 01-Mar-17
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 70-83, X1-X9, Y1-Y9, XA-XZ, YA-YZ 01-Feb-17
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 58-69, 9A-9Z, U1-U9, V1-V9, W1-W9, UA-UZ, VA-VZ, WA-WZ 01-Jan-17
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 47-57, 8A-8Z, Q1-Q9, R1-R9, S1-S9, T1-T9, QA-QZ, RA-RZ, SA-SZ, TA-TZ 01-Nov-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 38-46, 7A-7Z, O1-O9, OA-OZ 01-Oct-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers N1-N9, NA-NZ 01-Sep-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 30-37, 6A-6Z, L1-L9, LA-LZ 01-Aug-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 23-29, 5A-5Z, K1-K9, KA-KZ 01-Jul-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 17-22, 4A-4Z, J1-J9, JA-JZ 01-Jun-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers I1-I9, IA-IZ 01-May-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference umbers 12-16, 3A-3Z, H1-H9, HA-HZ 01-Apr-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 01, 08-11, F1-F9, G1-G9, FA-FZ, GA-GZ 01-Mar-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 00, 05-07, E1-E9, EA-EZ 01-Feb-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 02-04, C1-C9, D1-D9, CA-CZ, DA-DZ 01-Jan-16
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers BZ 01-Nov-15
Companies with 30 to 39 employees 01-Oct-15
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers BY 01-Sep-15
Companies with 40 to 49 employees 01-Aug-15
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers BX 01-Jul-15
Companies with fewer than 30 employees with the last 2 characters in their PAYE reference numbers 92, A1-A9, B1-B9, AA-AZ, BA-BW, M1-M9, MA-MZ, Z1-Z9, ZA-ZZ, 0A-0Z, 1A-1Z, 2A-2Z 01-Jun-15
Companies with 50 to 53 employees 01-Apr-15
Companies with 54 to 57 employees 01-Mar-15
Companies with 58 employees 01-Jan-15
Companies with 59 employees 01-Nov-14
Companies with 60 employees 01-Oct-14
Companies with 61 employees 01-Aug-14
Companies with 62 to 89 employees 01-Jul-14
Companies with 90 to 159 employees 01-May-14
Companies with 160 to 249 employees 01-Apr-14
Companies with 250 to 349 employees 01-Feb-14
Companies with 350 to 499 employees 01-Jan-14
Companies with 500 to 799 employees 01-Nov-13
Companies with 800 to 1,249 employees 01-Oct-13
Companies with 1,250 to 1,999 employees 01-Sep-13
Companies with 2,000 to 2,999 employees 01-Aug-13
Companies with 3,000 to 3,999 employees 01-Jul-13
Companies with 4,000 to 4,099 employees 01-Jun-13
Companies with 4,100 to 5,999 employees 01-May-13
Companies with 6,000 to 9,999 employees 01-Apr-13
Companies with 10,000 to 19,999 employees 01-Mar-13
Companies with 20,000 to 29,999 employees 01-Feb-13
Companies with 30,000 to 49,999 employees 01-Jan-13
Companies with 50,000 to 199,999 employees 01-Nov-12
Companies with 120,000 or more employees 01-Oct-12

If you have missed your auto enrolment staging date, please refer to our What If I Miss My Staging Date? page for information on what you need to do to get back on track.

Employee count or PAYE No. Staging Date
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 April 2015 and 31 December 2015) 01-Oct-17
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 January 2016 and 30 September 2016) 01-Nov-17
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 October 2016 and 30 June 2017) 01-Jan-18
New employer (PAYE income first payable between 01 July 2017 and 30 September 2017) 01-Feb-18

To be 100% certain, you should check your auto enrolment staging date on The Pensions Regulator's website, though they should send you a letter well in advance of your staging date.

Your auto enrolment staging date isn't to be confused with the date of your declaration of compliance. which is due five months after your initial staging date. It's a legal declaration that MUST be completed after the company has carried out their auto enrolment duties.

Now that you know your auto enrolment staging date you may wish to watch our information videos which further explain auto enrolment.

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