This course highlights employer's challenges, responsibilities and obligations to all key parties involved with pensions and automatic enrolment, to enable compliance within the set timeline.

Please note: Materials for this course will be made available via an online platform, however a selection of this materials will need to be printed off and brought with you on the day. Login details for the online platform will be sent to you 10 days before the course start date. If you have any problems or questions, please email

Why should I attend?

The introduction of auto-enrolment has significantly increased the primacy and complexity of administering pension contributions as part of the payroll function.


From providing a detailed explanation of the numerous types of pension schemes currently in operation, this course moves to cover the various tax treatments of employee contributions and the various points payroll staff must consider in order to calculate contributions accurately.


From this, a detailed explanation of the rules and regulations concerning auto-enrolment is imparted as are the potential penalties for non-compliance with this new statutory requirement.


Delegates will leave this course equipped with the knowledge and skills to administer this vital and much-changed arena.

What will I learn?

This illuminating course explains the legal and payroll-related implications of the planning and introduction of automatic enrolment and re-enrolment for pensions, as well as highlighting why an arrangement may or may not be effective or successful.

You will understand your employer's responsibilities towards the various statutory bodies including HMRC, the Department for Work and Pensions and The Pensions Regulator. The focus is on the implications for employers and employees with particular emphasis on payroll processing and procedures.

Course content

Summarising the variety of pension schemes.

- Classify the types of pension scheme by sponsor, tax registration and pension benefit categories.

- Identify pension schemes compliant with automatic enrolment requirements.


Types of pension schemes

- State pension schemes

- Personal pension plans

- Occupation pension schemes

- Stakeholder pension schemes

- Automatic enrolment qualifying schemes


 Automatic enrolment

- Key facts

- Implementation and staging

- Affected workers

- Postponing the automatic enrolment

- Re-enrolment


The automatic enrolment process

- Assessing qualifying earnings

- Opting in and joining the scheme


 Contributing to the pension scheme

- Level of contributions

- amount and frequency of contributions

- Additional voluntary contributions

- refunding contributions


The implications on Tax

- Obtaining tax relief on contributions

- Tax relief and charges on pension savings

- Taxation of pensions annuities


Implications to Payroll

- Membership of occupational schemes

- National insurance contributions

- Effect of contributions on attachment orders

- Dealing with absences from work


Automatic enrolment and TUPE


Communicating pensions

- Giving information

- Information for workers for what both enrolled and not enrolled


Automatic enrolment compliance

- Record keeping

- Enforcement options

- Penalties and reviews of compliance

Further development

Creating a Payroll Procedures Manual:

The inclusion of auto-enrolment processes is just one of the broad array of tasks and obligations that Payroll Supervisors and Managers have to incorporate into their procedural documentation.

This course covers the theory and practicalities that need to be considered when designing a procedures document that all payroll departments need to ensure all statutory and contractual obligations are managed efficiently and professionally.


Salary Sacrifice & OpRA:

Pensions are often offered through salary sacrifice. Valid salary sacrifice schemes have several, often poorly understood rules which must be followed to avoid potentially large tax and NIC underpayments charged by HMRC.

This half-day course explains the legal and payroll-related implications of salary sacrifice schemes and other optional remuneration arrangements which enables delegates to understand how to ensure their organisations remain compliant in this genre.

Pricing and booking information

Terms and conditions apply and can be found here.

For more information please email or call us on 0121 712 1063.

Closing date for bookings is two weeks prior to the course date.

In-house delivery

The CIPP can offer in-house delivery on this training course.

In-house delivery can be very attractive for organisations as they can train large numbers of employees* at a reduced rate, without the additional associated costs, such as travel and 'lost time'.

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*Minimum number of delegates apply