Early feedback from NEST CEO on new pension rules

Speaking at the Institute of Directors Conference recently , Tim Jones, CEO of NEST said:
‘From our experience with employers, it is clear that they need to give themselves as much time as possible to get ready. We recommend up to 18 months and advise they pull together a team from across the organisation who can help meet their duties.’
NEST is working with over 300 employers, with 100 of these being large employers in the first stages of implementing automatic enrolment. These include household names such as BBC, BT, McDonalds, NPower, Iceland and Travelodge, and employers from a wide range of sectors, such as Barchester Healthcare, Compass Group and Mitchells and Butlers.

Tim also announced four more names of employers to have chosen NEST for their automatic enrolment duties, namely: Balfour Beatty, Four Seasons Health Care, Spirit Pub Company and The Open University.

Reflecting further on lessons learnt so far, Tim drew attention to the need for employers to make sure they work with their payroll providers and in-house teams to get the ‘right data in the right format’.

Comment from 44 Financial:

It’s clear that to successfully deliver a compliant auto-enrolment project medium size employers will need between 12 and 18 months. If you have a staging date in 2014 you need to have started the project by now.

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