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Every employer must put certain staff into a workplace pension and pay into it. This is called automatic enrolment.

Your duties begin on your staging date, which is when you must check the ages and earnings of all your staff to find out who must be put into a pension scheme - something you'll need to do every time you pay your staff.

If you employ seasonal or temporary staff, this may make your assessment of who to put into a pension scheme more complex, taking more time and effort, as you will need to take into account:

  • their varying earnings and hours
  • that they may join and leave your employment in the middle of pay periods
  • or that they may only work for you for short periods of time

To help make this easier and to save you time, you should check whether your payroll software can help, and you could consider using postponement to delay working out who to put into a pension scheme.

For more information on dealing with seasonal workers, including checking your software and using postponement, go to The Pensions Regulator website.

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