For start up businesses

What do you need to consider if you’re employing staff for the first time over the seasonal period?

If you’re employing staff for the first time over the seasonal period, then you may have workplace pension duties. You’ll need to assess your seasonal or temporary staff individually every time you pay them. Your assessment of who to put into a pension scheme may take more time and effort as you will also need to take into account: 

* that they may only work for you for short periods of time
* that they may join and leave your employment in the middle of pay periods
* that their earnings and hours vary

If you’re employing someone for the first time, visit The Pensions Regulator website.


For employers who have already enrolled staff

Are you taking on seasonal or temporary staff over the Christmas period?
If you’re thinking of taking on additional staff for the festive period, you’ll need to assess whether they need to be put into your workplace pension scheme. You will need to take into account their varying earnings and hours, and that they may join and leave your employment in the middle of pay periods.

For more information on dealing with seasonal workers, and to find out what legal duties apply, visit The Pensions Regulator website.