What is the transitional period for defined benefit and hybrid pension schemes under the pensions auto-enrolment provisions?

The transitional period allowed employers with defined benefit and hybrid schemes to delay auto-enrolling certain eligible jobholders until 1 October 2017, regardless of the employer's staging date. Employers could apply the transitional period to eligible jobholders who were eligible to join the pension scheme at the employer's staging date, but as at that date had declined to do so or ceased membership. Eligible jobholders in respect of whom the employer applied the transitional period could opt into a qualifying pension scheme during the transitional period.

See the Pensions Regulator's detailed guidance on Transitional period for DB and hybrid schemes for further information.