Auto Enrolment For UK Home Help

Pensions For Personal Carers, Nannies, Cleaners And Other Household Employees

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Parents who hire a nanny will have employer obligations to enrol their eligible employee onto a workplace pension scheme over the coming months and make contributions towards it.

Are you aware of new legislation that require all UK employers from all sectors, including those who have hired help at home, to enrol their eligible employee(s) into a workplace pension scheme by a certain date? Failure to comply could result in being penalised with the worse case scenario being thousands of pounds in accrued fines and even imprisonment.

It is clear that those who employ household help such as nannies, who don’t consider themselves to be employers or businesses, are still not fully aware that they will need to enrol them onto a pension scheme and start making contributions, adding to the cost of home child care which is at an all time high. According to the Financial Times, the potential cost of providing a pension for a nanny in London could amount up to an additional £500 a year. For many families up and down the country, this is going to cause an extra strain on the purse strings and make managing the monthly out-goings a more challenging task. Nevertheless, nannies and other employees who work in the household have employee rights too and are therefore entitled to save towards their future retirement just like everyone else. There are many pension schemes out there that will charge a sign up fee and/or an on-going cost, which will place further financial stress on the employer so it is therefore well worth your while to do your research properly. At Smart Pension, we recognise the financial burden this will be for thousands of employers which is why we don't charge any set up fees nor do we have any on-going charges for employers who sign up to our standard plan.

Managing Director of Smart Pension, Will Wynne, discusses here on Sky News what auto enrolment means for employers who hire nannies alongside Anne-Marie O'Leary, editor-in-chief of online parenting site, So whether you hire a full time nanny to look after your two year old whilst you are at work, a personal carer at home to help take care of you and your medical needs or a weekly cleaner who takes care of the day to day chores so you don't have to, you need to ensure that you are compliant by the staging date set out by the government.

If the words 'staging date' have set alarm bells ringing and you're wondering where to even start then you've come to the right place. Agencies have warned that the stress of employers having to set up and manage a pension scheme for their employee on top of all the financial obligations is expected to drive many employers to 'fly under the radar' and resort to paying cash in hand which is especially risky. With Smart Pension, you can sign up and be compliant within a matter of minutes. It needn't be stressful. In fact, at Smart Pension, it's extremely easy. Still hesitant? The short 90 second video below explains why you should choose Smart Pension to manage your pensions obligation.

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Click on the short video below to find out more about the unique features of Smart Pension.

We Are Fast. Our advanced platform enables employers to get signed up within a matter of minutes, on any device and from the comfort of your own home. Being web-based, we don't believe in or need unnecessary paperwork so it won't matter if you don't have a printer, saving you time, money and ink cartridges. You can get signed up and compliant before your nanny arrives to take over for the day.

We Are Secure. We recognise the importance of keeping our customer's personal information both safe and secure because it's important to us too. As a result, we have built a platform that is 100% encrypted thus giving our customers peace of mind.

We Are Free. At Smart Pension, we know that sometimes it's difficult to manage the monthly budget at home and planning your expenses in advance is a necessity, which is why we are please to tell you that our standard service is FREE. No sign up costs, NO on-going or annual fees and NO strings attached.

You're probably wondering just exactly how our FREE platform works. Take a look at the short video below, and get informed in under 90 seconds.

Other Key Features Of Smart Pension Include:

Online Management:

Smart Pension is web based and self serviced so you can manage it whenever, wherever and whatever device that suits you. Once you are signed up, setting up your workplace pension is as easy as one, two, three. We'll ensure that your eligible employee(s) receive the legal required minimum contribution to their pension from you, the employer.

Easy To Make Changes:

Enter your employee details once and we'll recall it for the next payroll run. Should there be any changes, such as an increase in pay for your children's nanny or the hire of a home personal carer to help you with your everyday needs to your cleaner moving away and therefore wishing to terminate their contract, you can update these details literally within a few clicks, which is particularly helpful especially if you've got enough on your plate already.

Instant Direct Debit:

Our one-step process direct debit is hassle-free and whereby your bank account is verified and set up within a matter of seconds. If only everything else in your life was this simple.

Automatic And Compulsory Employee Documentation:

Compulsory documentation for your employees is automatically generated so that's one big thing to check off your list. Educational documents are sent out prior to the crucial 'staging date' to inform your employee(s) about the impending changes ahead, but also after your employee(s) is/are signed up for their pension. We do all the hard work so you can sit back and relax*.

Employee Self Administration:

Your employee(s) also has the ability to manage their opt in / opt out status, select their level of their own employee contribution as well as make sure that their details are always up to date, all without you needing to get involved, giving you more time to take care of more important things in life.

For further information and more details about the unique features of Smart Pension and how it could work for your retail business, you should have a look at the About Smart Pension page. Or if you want one of our advisors to contact you, please complete this short Contact Me form.

Still not so sure what auto enrolment is? For more information on auto enrolment, this short video, Auto enrolment explained, tells you what it is and what it means for UK businesses.

Worried about penalties and how it could apply to you? For more information on penalties, this short video, Penalties explained, tells you about the fixed and daily penalties that can be issued to companies by The Pensions Regulator.

* Please note that you are responsible for meeting your deadlines, not us. We cannot accept any responsibility if you miss your deadline.

Smart Pension is designed specifically for auto enrolment but is tailored to meet your UK call centre business needs.

Smart Pension is also well suited to the needs of other sectors, particularly those with a higher turnover, such as hospitality businesses, retailers, employment/recruitment agencies, call centres, farm owners, and employers of home helpers such as personal carers, nannies and cleaners.

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