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Are Twenty-Somethings making ‘Adequate’ Pension Provision?

4 March 2020

For many twenty-somethings the idea of securing their own home is probably far higher on the list of priorities than worrying about the shape of their finances in forty years’ time! And while this new generation of savers won’t actually be needing their pension pots until the 2060’s there’s no denying that when it comes to planning for the future ‘the sooner the better’ is a valuable attitude.

Thanks mostly to the auto-enrolment process introduced in 2012, the majority of 22-29 year olds (84%) are now paying into a pension, compared to less than 25% in 2012. But just how much should they be putting aside and how will the choices they make now affect their retirement plans?

Since April 6th 2019 (for everyone aged between 22 and state pension age earning over £10,000) a minimum of 8% of an employee’s gross monthly pay before tax is paid into their pension. This consists of 3% from the employer, 4% from the employee and the final 1% from pension tax relief.

There are two interlinked factors to consider when making pension contributions. The first is how much of your salary you can afford to put away each month. The second is to envisage the size of the pension pot you want to have available to you in the future. Many people are only making the minimum 8% provision without really understanding how much this will yield. In fact, a recent report from Scottish Widows defined ‘adequate’ as 12% of income.

Despite this, two in five of 22 – 29 year olds surveyed felt that they were saving ‘adequately’ for retirement.

At Corinthian we take the time to explain the pension conundrum to clients and their employees. We are passionate in our belief of engaging all employees at whatever stage of life they are at; we really do want them to be able to make their retirement dream a reality.

Many employees have made contributions into more than one pension scheme, this will only increase with the introduction of Automatic Enrolment, so it is imperative that people understand the options and possible benefits of consolidating these pots.

Speak to a member of the Corinthian team to discuss how we make the complex simple!