Saturday 11th August 2018

People believe in pensions - they just don't fully understand them!

Article By Dave Morman

Thanks in part to auto-enrolment, saving into a pension is gradually becoming the norm for company employees – but there’s still a long way to go to make sure everyone understands the benefits.

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics Wealth and Assets Survey 2016-17, 44% of employees said that they believe their employer’s pension is the safest way to save for retirement. And, 63% of eligible employees are aware that they have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension.

While that’s good news for the nation’s retirement, the figures show that there’s still work to be done to make sure that everyone is planning for their long-term future. Of the eligible employees who said they were not enrolled in a pension scheme, 91% were actually part of a scheme! That suggests both employers and pension providers could be doing more to make sure that everyone understands their pension arrangements.

Pensions are also less popular with the self-employed, with 42% saying that investing in property would be the safest way to save for retirement. Recent research by the association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed showed that only 31% of self-employed people currently pay into a pension.

Pension savings are an essential part of making sure you are prepared for a comfortable financial future, whatever your working arrangements. If you would like to discuss your retirement planning strategy, please talk to your Brunsdon Financial Adviser.

Sources:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/articles/earlyindicatorestimatesfromthewealthandassetssurvey/attitudestowardssavingforretirementautomaticenrolmentintoworkplacepensionscreditcommitmentsanddebtburdenjuly2016todecember2017

https://www.ipse.co.uk/resource/how-to-solve-the-self-employed-pensions-crisis-pdf.html

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