Pension providers expect contributions to be sent in relation to set date patterns, as follows:
|Provider||Pay period patterns accepted|
|Aviva||Calendar monthly only|
|Legal & General||Monthly or 4-weekly|
|NEST||Weekly, Monthly, Fortnightly, 4-weekly, Tax Weekly or Tax Monthly|
|NOW:Pensions||Weekly, Fortnightly, Four Weekly, Monthly or Quarterly|
Weekly, Fortnightly, Four Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Biannually or Annually
|The People's Pension||
Weekly, Fortnightly, Four Weekly or Monthly
You should ensure payroll is configured to produce dates in the required pattern. Your feeds will include period start dates and period end dates which tell the provider what the pay period is, so that they can match your feed to the relevant pay period in their system.
Employer Details - Payroll parameters
To set the pay period up in payroll got to Payroll Parameters in the Employer Details.
Click on 'Period End'
Set the required Period End type to create the correct date pattern expected by the pension provider. For example, Aviva would always be set to one of the Calendar month options.
Employer Details - Pension Duties Tab
You can also set a Pay Reference Period definition - this defaults to Pay Periods (based on the Period End setting), but can be changed to Tax Periods if required.