New research from NOW: Pensions suggests that as many as one in five businesses are completing their auto-enrolment applications after their staging date has passed.
Their study also showed that 40 per cent of businesses completed their application for work place pensions either close to their staging date or after the deadline.
The figures also showed that 34 per cent signed up six months or more ahead of the deadline and 11 per cent registered three to six months in advance of their staging date.
Around five percent of employers said they engaged with auto-enrolment and began research two to three months in advance, while ten per cent registered their scheme between one to two months ahead of their staging date.
A fixed penalty notice of £400 awaits employers who fail to sign up to a scheme after receiving an initial 28 day warning notice.
If non-compliance continues a rolling daily penalty based on the number of employees will be applied, ranging from £50 a day for employers with fewer than five employees to £500 a day for those with between five to 49 workers.