Set up or switch with Watson Buckle Chartered Accountants

More than eight million employees have now been enrolled into a workplace pension since the launch of the Automatic Enrolment scheme in October 2012. But for those employers already set up and saving for their team’s future, the work has only just begun. Find out all the ways Watson Buckle can help keep you comfortably on top of your workplace pension.

Watch our video: What is auto-enrolment and how does it affect my business?

Switching provider

Whether you want to switch from one pension trust to another, or if you’re unhappy with your scheme’s current administrator, Watson Buckle can help organise a seamless transition.

Contribution rates

The current minimum contribution rate is 8% of qualifying income (with a minimum of 3% from the employer, with the 5% difference coming from the employee).

Automatic re-enrolment

Once every three years, select members of staff must be ‘re-enrolled’ back into your workplace pension scheme. This starts from the date of your automatic enrolment staging date.

What are the requirements?

As the employer, you’ll need to:

• Choose a re-enrolment date (which should be between three months before the third anniversary of your staging date and three months after).
• Identify staff for re-enrolment and write to them
• Complete a re-declaration of compliance (even if you have no staff to re-enrol).

Failure to comply can result in penalties, so it is important to get this right.

Set up your first scheme

If you’re about to take on your first employee, congratulations! You’ve reached an important business milestone, but now is the time to get your house in order. For extra help getting started, get in touch!

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