The Government have already begun the new pension reform. This gives employees an opportunity to save more for their retirement and maintain a more similar standard of living when they retire as they have grown familiar with whilst in employment.

This video from the Telegraph gets the idea of the pension scheme across well:

From this video you can get a good understanding of why the pension reform is taking place, but what implications does this have on you as an employer? What responsibilities do you have within this new scheme?

How will this new pension scheme work?

At the moment, there are no official regulations on whether you should provide a pension to your employees however it is now your responsibility to understand, communicate and offer the new automatic enrolment pension to your employees that qualify for a UK pension. As long as you have hired at least one employee, you will need to know what this new pension scheme is all about.

The new pension itself provides employees with an increased input into their pension. The increase comes from both you and your employee as you are both expected to put an input of cash into the employees’ pension. Above this, the Government will also make a contribution to further increase the size of the pot. This will start from as little as 1% of an employee’s wages which will be due to rise to about 4%.

What employees are you obliged to offer the new pension scheme too?

There are a few conditions which an employee will need to fulfil before being entered into auto-enrolment:

  • Between the ages of 22 and the current state pension age which are set to change as the average life expectancy age increases. Retirement age is currently at 65 and is set to change to; 66 in 2020, 67 in 2028 and 68 in 2046 but these ages and years are subject to change.
  • They must work within the UK.
  • You take National Insurance and Income Tax from their payroll.
  • They are expected to have a gross income of £8,105 and above (subject to change).

If you already have an existing pension scheme for your employees, you may not be required to change anything. However, you will need to ensure your pension scheme matches to the new one otherwise you will be breaking the law. An informed accountant can help you out with this.

When does this all need to be done?

When you need to change over to this auto-enrolment pension scheme depends on your number of employees and business size. Larger companies have already begun enrolling their staff in the new state pension rules and soon it will be your turn to follow suit. If you want to figure out exactly when you need to enrol your staff, and have your full PAYE reference number, you may be useful to visit the pensions regulator site, or ask your accountant for more details.

Where to find more information?

There are many articles such as this one prescribing to visit sites containing guides such as The Pensions Regulator but we suggest you ask your accountant for advice on how to best go about changing your pension rules to fit the new scheme.

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