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Set up your workplace scheme

An illustration showing four steps to using your NEST account. Sign up online, enrol workers, manage contribution and manage your scheme on an ongoing basis.

Ready to sign up?

Before you get started, it’s worth checking that you’ve got the basics in place. Making sure you’re ready will save you a lot of time later on.

Do you know the date that your duties will apply from?

Have you decided what contributions you’ll make for your workers and how you’ll pay them to NEST?
Do you have all the information you’ll need to set up NEST?
Have you decided whether you’ll manage NEST yourself or get help?

Get the right data to NEST

You can run NEST whatever payroll software you use. We’re working closely with payroll providers on ‘web services’ to make sending data to NEST even simpler. If your provider is on board, you’ll be able to:

  • send data to NEST directly from your payroll software
  • manage day-to-day tasks without needing to log into NEST
  • save time with faster processing and cleaner data with fewer errors

Check with your payroll provider to see if they're using NEST web services or developing them behind the scenes.

Don’t worry if your payroll provider isn’t ready to offer our web services yet, as you can still send data to us directly. Our Employer payroll guide explains everything you need to know to do this in the most practical and cost-effective way. It also includes links to our Excel templates and file tester to help you get your data in the right format for NEST.

See our Employer payroll guide (PDF)

Get started

If you’re happy that you’ve got everything you need then you’re ready to get started with NEST.