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DWP changes automatic enrolment dates for small employers

16 July 2012

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has out lined some changes to the automatic enrolment rules to help small employers. 

  • The timetable for automatic enrolment has been changed so that employers with fewer than 50 employees will not have to start enrolling staff before May 2015.
  • This affects employers with fewer than 50 employees in their PAYE scheme as at 1 April 2012.
  • The step-up for employers from paying a minimum 1% contribution to paying 2% has also been delayed to make sure that all employers have reached their automatic enrolment date first. The same timetable applies to defined benefit and hybrid schemes in the interests of fairness.

 The new regulations come into force on 1 October 2012.

 Read more about the changes here

Read more about automatic enrolment here.

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