Payroll professionals unprepared for 2012 pensions reforms

Over two thirds (67%) of payroll professionals said they are not ready for the 2012 pensions reforms, according to a new survey from the Institute of Payroll Professionals (IPP).

The online poll also revealed that only a quarter (25%) of respondents are aware of what needs to be done and the deadline, demonstrating that their preparations are underway.

Only 7% said they are ready to go, despite the continuing efforts to publicise the upcoming changes and requirements by the National employment savings trust (Nest) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Karen Thomson, associate director of policy, research and strategic visibility of the IPP, said: “Worryingly, the results of our online poll show that the majority of businesses are not yet at a stage where they are prepared to fulfil their new duties under the Pensions Act 2008.

“Therefore, the Institute encourages payroll professionals to speak to their employer as soon as possible about ensuring plans are in place for 2012 and beyond.

“The IPP will be hosting more pensions-related events throughout next year to help organisations understand their obligations under the legislation. In addition, the NEST Corporation is keen to provide its support and guidance and will visit employers on request to talk them through the forthcoming changes.”

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