Automatic enrolment for employers

As an employer you will have a duty to enrol all employees meeting the age and income thresholds (eligible jobholders) into a pension scheme.

Further duties in terms of timescales and how automatic enrolment is managed will also apply to all employers, these are listed below and will take effect from your Staging Date. For more information, please visit Automatic Enrolment FAQs for Employers

Under Automatic Enrolment, employers that have reached their staging date must:

  • Provide workers with information about the duties
  • Automatically enrol eligible jobholders that meet the age and earnings threshold
  • If requested, allow entitled workers to join a pensions savings scheme
  • Make contributions on worker’s behalf
  • Monitor their workforce to identify when workers meet the age and earnings thresholds to become ‘eligible  jobholders’
  • Provide information to workers and carry out administration within strict timescales
  • Provide information to the selected pension scheme within strict timescales
  • Register with the Pensions Regulator (The Pension Scheme Registry Number (PSR) for the LGPS (NI) is 10123043).  The EPSR is not needed for the Declaration of Compliance.
  • Manage opt outs and opt ins

Under Automatic Enrolment, the workforce is split into several different types of worker. As an employer, you must assess your workforce based on their age and earnings thresholds to identify the category that each employee falls into, as this will determine your Automatic Enrolment duties in relation to each employee. Visit the Pensions Regulator* website for guidance on assessing your workforce.

The table below shows the thresholds that will be applicable until April 2022.

Thresholds Current amounts for 2021-22

Effective from 6 April 2021

Amounts for 2020-21
Effective from 6 April 2020
Lower level of qualifying earnings £6,240 £6,240
Earnings trigger for automatic enrolment £10,000 £10,000
Upper level of qualifying earnings £50,270 £50,000

 

*NILGOSC cannot be held responsible for information held on external websites via the above links.