The stakeholder pension designation requirements which were introduced in 2001 and required UK employers with five or more employees to designate and facilitate access to a stakeholder pension scheme, were repealed on 1 October 2012.

It has been widely noted that the repeal of the stakeholder pension designation requirements will potentially leave a gap in respect of requirements to make pension arrangements for a large number of employees. This is because the repeal has not been connected to auto-enrolment staging dates for employers, but has instead come into force on a single date. For example, this means that employers with fewer than 30 employees (which may previously have been subject to the stakeholder requirements) will now no longer be required to offer access to pension arrangements until they have passed their staging date in April 2017.