On 25 January 2012, the government published a revised timetable of staging dates for the new pensions auto-enrolment system. The main changes are that:

  • employers with an existing staging date on or before 1 February 2014 will be unaffected;
  • medium-sized employers will be re-allocated autoenrolment staging dates between 1 April 2014 and 1 April 2015 (which equates to a delay for some employers of up to 9 months); and 
  • small employers (with fewer than 50 employees) will be allocated staging dates between 1 June 2015 and 1 April 2017.

A consultation document on the detail of these changes together with draft regulations will be published shortly.