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What payment due date should I choose?

Under UK pension regulations any contributions deducted from employees pay must be paid to the pension scheme no later than the 22nd of the month that follows the month they were deducted in, unless you’re holding on to contributions during the employee’s opt-out period.

There are two ways to choose your payment due date. You can either set the payment due date to a certain number of days after the end of the pay period also known as earnings period or you can choose a particular date in the month.

If you’ve selected a specific number of days after the end of the current earnings period:

The latest date you can choose for your payment due date is 22 calendar days after the earnings period ends. For example, if your earnings period ends on the 31st March, choosing the highest number of days with this option would mean that your payment due date would be the 22nd of April.

If you want to choose A particular day:

You can pick any date between the end of the pay period and the 22nd of the following month. For example, if your earnings period ends on the 30th of April, the latest payment due date you could choose with this option would be the 22nd of May.

Whichever payment due date option you choose, make sure you give yourself enough time to complete your schedule and for the payment to reach us before your payment due date. It takes up to five working days for the payment to be received and applied to your employees’ accounts.

If the payment due date does not allow you enough time to submit the contribution you can change the payment due date. Remember, UK pension regulations state that the latest you can set your payment due date is the 22nd of the month following pay day.

To do this you’ll need to create a new group and then move workers into the new group. To create a new group please see How do I add a new group once I’ve set up with NEST? To move workers to the new group, please see How do I change a worker’s group from Manage workers?

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