AE Config Tool - Step 7 - Define the pay elements for Qualifying and Pensionable Earnings

Article ID
12051
Article Name
AE Config Tool - Step 7 - Define the pay elements for Qualifying and Pensionable Earnings
Created Date
1st May 2019
Product
IRIS Payroll Business, IRIS Bureau Payroll, IRIS GP Payroll, IRIS Payroll Professional
Problem

From this screen you can select pay elements that are included in Qualifying Earnings and Pensionable Earnings. A list of pay elements that are always included in Qualifying Earnings is shown here. If required, Pensionable Earnings are defined by your pension provider who can advise you what is classed as Pensionable Earnings for their scheme.


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The list will show all the pay elements (payment/deductions and pay rates) currently configured for this company.

Simply tick the pay elements to indicate if you wish for them to be included as Qualifying or Pensionable earnings for the purpose of worker status assessment and contribution calculations.

Salary, Holiday Pay and the Statutory payments cannot be unselected as qualifying earnings due to legislation. If you are unsure what elements should be ticked you should refer to your pension provider for assistance.

If, in step 6, you chose the calculation basis as “Qualifying (Banded) Earnings” the software will use the sum of all the pay elements ticked as “Qualifying Earnings” to calculate the pension contribution.

If you set the calculation basis to “Pensionable Earnings” the software will use the sum of all the elements ticked as “Pensionable Earnings” to calculate the pension contribution.

Remember, when using the option Qualifying (Banded) Earnings” the software will also trim off earnings below the auto enrolment lower threshold and above the auto enrolment upper threshold before calculating the contribution value.

When you are happy you have the correct pay elements ticked as Qualifying/Pensionable earnings click “Mark as complete“.


For more details on the individual steps of the configuration tool, please follow the links below:

Step 1 – Your company’s staging date
Step 2 – Nominate a contact with The Pensions Regulator
Step 3 – Contact details of the pension administrator at your company
Step 4 – Pre-staging workforce assessment
Step 5 – Choose your pension provider
Step 6 – Pension Provider scheme details you will use for automatic enrolment
Step 8 – Pension Provider output file details
Step 9 – Configure your Postponement Period
Step 10 – Declaration of Compliance (register) for The Pensions Regulator