The Pensions Regulator conducted 785 investigations into auto-enrolment non-compliance between April 2013 and March this year, using its formal powers on 18 occasions.
The figures have been revealed in an update on auto-enrolment published by the regulator today.
In the year to 31 March 2014, TPR had used its powers – which include issuing statutory notices to firms – 18 times in relation to 15 companies.
The regulator issued 14 compliance notices, one unpaid contributions notice, two statutory inspection notices and one statutory demand.
Following the use of its powers, nine cases were resolved with one month, four cases within two months, one within three months, and one remains open. TPR has not yet had to use its criminal powers.
Overall, over 99 per cent of employers completed their ‘declaration of compliance’ without TPR having to intervene.
TPR executive director for auto-enrolment Charles Counsell says: “Our aim has been to encourage a proactive compliance culture amongst employers. The past year saw near universal compliance, with many employers actively embracing the changes with innovative communications to ensure their workers understood the benefits of a workplace pension.
“There is plenty of good news, with employers keen to ensure they do things properly and low opt-out rates. But we know there are challenges ahead. We will now continue our work over the months ahead to ensure medium and small employers understand their obligations, comply with their legal duties and continue to view non-compliance by other employers as unacceptable.”
Last month, Money Marketing reported concerns from a number of providers that auto-enrolment was at risk of “falling over” because up to a third of employers who should have set up compliant schemes in April and May have failed to do so.
However, The Pensions Regulator sought to allay these fears, saying predictions of mass non-compliance were “unfounded”.