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Who do I need to enrol?

You’ll have to do a formal assessment of your workers so you know exactly who you’ll have to enrol into NEST. You shouldn’t enrol any workers before you’ve assessed them. 

Auto enrolment only applies to certain workers, depending on their age and earnings. You’ll need to work out how much each worker earns and how old they are. To be automatically enrolled, a worker must be over the age of 22 but under State Pension age and earning over £10,000 for the tax year 2019/20. You’ll need to adjust this annual figure for each pay period when you carry out the actual assessment of your workforce. You’ll need to base your assessment on the pay period which includes your staging date or duty start date. For those workers who are eligible for auto enrolment, you’ll need to make sure they are enrolled by your staging date or from your deferred date if you’re using a waiting period.

The table below shows the earnings thresholds for automatic enrolment to reflect the frequency of the pay cycle.

Pay periods Earnings trigger for auto enrolment
Weekly and Tax weekly £192
Fortnightly £384
Four weekly £768
Monthly and Tax monthly £833

You’ll need to keep assessing your workers on an ongoing basis. You’ll need to assess all of your workers every pay period to check if they’re eligible to be automatically enrolled. This includes all new joiners. If you have workers whose earnings may fluctuate, you’ll need to make sure you use the correct pay period and not rely on a previous one.

It’s important to assess all your workers correctly before you enrol them. If you enrol a worker, we’ll usually expect a contribution for them as the threshold for auto enrolment is higher than the threshold for qualifying earnings. Once you know who you need to enrol, you’ll need to check which category you need to enrol them under. Please see What are the different enrolment types? for more information. 

To know if the auto enrolment duties apply to the director of your organisation please visit The Pensions Regulator website for more information.

If you enrol a worker incorrectly, or give us the wrong details, this will have implications for you and your workers later on. For help with working out who you need to enrol, or more information about auto enrolment, visit The Pensions Regulator website.

Once you’ve completed your assessment, you can start enrolling your workers. Please see How can I enrol my workers? for more information.

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