A staging date is the date that the Government and The Pensions Regulator say that your company must have a compliant pension set up by.
Your staging date will vary depending upon the size of the company, how many people the company employs and when the company first started paying its team through the PAYE system.
Companies with 30 employees and less have staging dates for Auto Enrolment ranging from June 2015 to October 2017, with the majority staging in 2017.
To find out your company’s staging date you will need the PAYE reference of your company. You can use our Staging Date Calculator to find out your staging date.
Your PAYE reference number can be found on any correspondence to do with your payroll from HMRC. For example any P60 (end of year payment summary from HMRC) will have your company’s PAYE reference on it. It appears in the bottom right hand corner and normally looks something like this 123/AB456
Not sure where to find it? Have a search through your emails for the term ‘P60’ and assuming one has been emailed to you at some point, it should appear in your search.
Alternatively, check any correspondence from HMRC regarding payroll. If you still cant find it, you might need to ask your accountant or bookkeeper or call HMRC directly on 0300 200 3200.
Note – if you’re company was set up after 2012, you need to also add the date that you first started paying your team through the PAYE system. Companies set up after 2012 have later staging dates and the exact date is determined by when you made your first payment via the PAYE system.
Here is a table showing staging dates for companies set up after 2012.
|First paid PAYE for an employee||Staging date|
|1st April 2012 to 31st March 2013||1st May 2017|
|1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014||1st July 2017|
|1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015||1st August 2017|
|1st April 2015 to 31st December 2015||1st October 2017|
|1st January 2016 to 30th September 2016||1st November 2017|
|1st October 2016 to 30th June 2017||1st January 2018|
|1st July to 30th September 2017||1st February 2018|
If your company does not operate a PAYE scheme, if it’s a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) for example, then the staging date is automatically April 2017.
If you have more than one PAYE reference, you will need to use the earlier or earliest staging date that you have.