Auto enrolment for directors

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We understand, you were a sole trader and now on the advice of your accountant you have gone Limited… so how does auto enrolment legislation affect your paperwork, budgets and stress levels in the future?


Auto enrolment advice for directors is at hand

More paperwork? …What if I don’t have any staff?

If you don’t have any staff other than directors, you may not have any automatic enrolment duties. You won’t have any duties if the only people working for you are:

  • you as the sole director, or
  • a number of directors, none of whom has an employment contract, or
  • a number of directors, only one of whom has an employment contract

Automatic enrolment will apply if more than one director has a contract of employment.

You can find more information about employment contracts on the employment status section of the GOV.UK website. You can find more information about your duties if you’re a director in automatic enrolment enquiries.

What do you need to do?

If you receive a letter which includes your staging date and you believe that automatic enrolment duties don’t apply to you, please email or follow the instructions in this no employer duties email template (PDF, 132kb, 1 page).

If your circumstances change so that automatic enrolment duties apply to you, you’ll need to inform The Pension Regulator of this as soon as possible. This would happen if you took on a member of staff other than a director, or if at least two directors started working for you under contracts of employment.

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For all your auto enrolment advice and payroll processing queries, do give us a call on 0117 9328145.