Research published by the Pensions Regulator shows that almost two thirds of small and micro employers still do not know when they need to start complying with automatic enrolment legislation. The Regulator has updated its website to include information to help such employers find an auto-enrolment scheme, and is encouraging the use of large multi-employer schemes, which it believes are “better placed to meet the standards we believe are necessary for good outcomes for retirement savers”.

Under the Regulator’s procedures, employers must complete a declaration of compliance, using its online service, within five months of their staging date, although the Regulator recommends that employers should start preparing for automatic enrolment 12 months in advance of this staging date.