Automatic Enrolment:
Easy with Sage One Payroll

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Learn how to cut costs, save time and improve business efficiency. Automatic Enrolment (or Auto Enrolment) is Government legislation that requires all UK employers to provide their employees with access to a Workplace Pension.
You may have seen the ‘We’re all in’ adverts featuring Karen Brady, Theo Paphitis and Nick Hewer on posters, billboards, on the the TV or heard it on the radio.

Our short video explains more.

So why introduce Automatic Enrolment?

The UK has an ageing population and with people living longer, the Government has concerns that not enough people are saving for their future retirement aspirations.

Workplace Pension Reforms will enable employees to start saving but all the responsibility and administration of automatic enrolment will be with the employer to comply. As an employer, it’s your responsibility to make a minimum contribution to your employees’ pension starting at 1% and increasing over time to 3% by 2018.

What happens if you ignore it?

The Pensions Regulator has a range of enforcement options with fixed penalties of £400 and escalating penalties with a daily rate of £50 to £10,000 depending on your number of staff.

Like all new legislation, Automatic Enrolment sounds complicated (and potentially costly if you get it wrong) but we’re committed to making it easy for businesses with 1-15 employees to get prepared using our low-cost and simple-to-use Sage One Payroll software.

It’s our mission to be the online payroll solution for simple and supportive Automatic Enrolment that small and micro businesses, accountants, bookkeepers and IFA’s rely on and recommend.

What do you need to do?

The date your business needs to start complying with Automatic Enrolment is known as your ‘Staging Date’ and is based on the number of employees in your PAYE scheme at 1st April 2012.

Businesses with 30 employees or fewer will start to be phased in from 1st June 2015 and over the next two years it’s expected that 1.3 million small and micro businesses will start ‘Staging’.

The Pensions Regulator will write to you and inform you the date you must start complying with automatic enrolment. However, they also recommend that you spend 9-12 months preparing prior to your Staging Date so if you’re a small or micro business you should be getting prepared now.

You can check your Staging Date online by using The Pensions Regulator Staging Date Tool at

(Note: you will need your PAYE reference which can be located on a P6 / P9 coding notice or P30BC white payslip booklet).

You have your Staging Date, now what?

Once you have your date, sign in to Sage One Payroll online at and enter the date in the ‘Auto Enrolment / Pensions’ box on the right hand side of the ‘Payroll Summary’ page.

Click the ‘Set Staging Date’ button and Sage One Payroll will automatically create a countdown showing you how long you have left to get prepared in months and days. This serves as a useful reminder every time you login.

Download our free guide

Our handy free ‘Sage One Guide to Automatic Enrolment‘ will help you understand:

* What you need to do to prepare for Auto Enrolment
* How to find your ‘Staging Date’ and apply it to your payroll
* How to assess your workforce for eligibility
* How to add a new Workplace Pension scheme to your payroll
* How to communicate Auto Enrolment with your employees
* How to avoid a fine for non-compliance
* How Sage One Payroll makes it easy

Sage One Guide to Automatic Enrolment (PDF, 5.26MB)

Sign up for a free webinar

To help you prepare, we’re running some free 30-45 minute webinars that will give you all the information you need and see how easy it is to do using Sage One Payroll software.

Need more help?

We also recommend you take a look at the articles in our Online Help Centre at: and read our blogs:

‘ACT NOW: You have new legal duties’ says The Pensions Regulator in letter to small & micro businesses
‘Staging Date’ Postponement in Sage One Payroll
Post-staging Automatic Enrolment functionality in Sage One Payroll
[Infographic] 7 Steps to Auto Enrolment Enlightenment
Why do I need to assess my workforce for Workplace Pensions?
What’s my Staging Date for Automatic Enrolment of Workplace Pensions?
Workplace Pensions Functionality in Sage One Payroll
Sage One Payroll releases pre-staging Automatic Enrolment functionality
Why small and micro businesses would be foolish to ignore ‘Automatic Enrolment’

Our free 24hr telephone and email Customer Support Team are also on hand for Sage One Payroll users who are still unsure and need help getting prepared..

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