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Find out your staging date



Your staging date is when your automatic enrolment duties come into force and is based on the total number of people in your PAYE scheme. You will need your PAYE reference to find out your staging date.

You can find your PAYE reference on a P6 / P9 coding notice or on your P30BC white payslip booklet.

I have my PAYE reference:

Step 1: Enter your PAYE referencePAYE reference If you use more than one PAYE scheme, enter the reference of each one into the tool. You'll get a staging date for each one and your staging date is whichever is the earliest. :


Tip: An example of a PAYE reference is 913 / WZ5121A. In this example you'd enter '913' and 'WZ5121A'.
Take care not to confuse numbers with letters; zero and the letter 'O' look very similar!

Step 2: Enter the words/digits displayed below and then select 'Show my staging date'

Tip: If you can't see the words/digits select the 'Get a new challenge' icon (refresh Recaptcha icon) above to refresh what's displayed.


Important note

Some small employers can move their staging date to a later date than that determined on 1 April 2012 if, at that time, they had fewer than 50 staff and were part of a PAYE scheme of more than 50 people.

Find out more about modified staging dates.

This tool is designed for employers with only one Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme. In some cases there are exceptions to the information provided by the tool and you will need to make some additional checks. It remains your responsibility, as the employer, to correctly identify your own staging date.

If you have staff in more than one PAYE scheme, you'll need to enter the details of each PAYE scheme into the tool. Your staging date will be the date that's earliest. This will be the case even if the majority of your staff are not in that PAYE scheme.

Read exceptions on the information provided by the tool. The staging date is determined by the size of an employer's PAYE scheme based on the number of persons within that scheme. The number of persons in a scheme is wholly derived from the latest information from HM Revenue and Customs held by the regulator on 1 April 2012.

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