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Auto Enrolment: What if I don't have any staff?

By The Pension Regulator

If you don’t have any staff other than directors, you may not have any automatic enrolment duties. You won’t have any duties if the only people working for you are:

  • you as the sole director, or
  • a number of directors, none of whom has an employment contract, or
  • a number of directors, only one of whom has an employment contract

Automatic enrolment will apply if more than one director has a contract of employment.

You can find more information about employment contracts on the employment status section of the GOV.UK website. You can find more information about your duties if you're a director in automatic enrolment enquiries

What do you need to do?

If you receive a letter which includes your staging date and you believe that automatic enrolment duties don’t apply to you, please email and complete the details in the pre-populated message that opens when you select our email address. You’ll need your letter code , PAYE reference and Companies House number (if you have one) to hand.

If your computer doesn’t automatically open the message in the email service you use, please download and follow the instructions in our no employer duties email template (PDF, 132kb, 1 page).

If your circumstances change so that automatic enrolment duties apply to you, you’ll need to inform us of this as soon as possible. This would happen if you took on a member of staff other than a director, or if at least two directors started working for you under contracts of employment.

Please note that, if we discover that you have provided false or misleading information in order to evade your automatic enrolment duties, we will take this into account when deciding whether to take action against you in future.

Published April 2015