For Immediate Release: 6 April 2018
- From today (6 April), auto enrolment minimum contributions jump from 2% of qualifying earnings to 5%
- 64% of auto enrolled savers aware of changes to minimum contributions
- Four in five (84%) auto enrolled savers say they will carry on saving after contributions increase
- Over half (51%) wish they had the opportunity to save into their workplace pension earlier
Nearly 5.6 million* auto enrolled savers are going to see a jump in the amount being paid into their workplace pension today. Four in five (84%) auto enrolled savers say they will embrace the increase and continue to save once contributions rise to 5% of qualifying earnings according to research** conducted by NOW: Pensions.
Of those workplace pension savers surveyed, nearly two thirds (60%) believe it’s important to save into a pension for a more secure future, with nearly a quarter (23%) of the view that their employer contribution is too valuable to lose out on.
While knowledge of these rises is good with 64% aware of the changes, it is clear that more needs to be done, as just under half (48%) of respondents say they wish they had better understanding of workplace pensions and 51% would have liked the opportunity to save into their workplace pension earlier.
Of those that have chosen to opt out, over a third (38%) did so because they cannot afford to have pension deductions taken from their pay packet each month and a quarter (24%) don’t see the point in saving into their pension because the amount paid into it is too small. Nearly one in five (19%) say they don’t trust pensions.
Troy Clutterbuck, Interim CEO at NOW: Pensions said: “Auto enrolment has been a huge success with over a million employers signing up over 9 million employees into a workplace pension since 2012.
“Pension saving is fast becoming the new normal and the vast majority are happy to pay in a little bit more each month, safe in the knowledge their employer will be doing the same.
Jasmine Birtles, financial expert and owner of money website Moneymagpie.com said: “Auto enrolment makes saving for your future simple. For most people, the increase to their contributions will be cushioned by an increase in their personal allowance and, for lower earners, it will also be offset by an increase in the National Living Wage.”
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For further information:
Amy Mankelow / Cheriton Lee
Tel: 0203 948 9234 / 0203 948 9236
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Notes to editors
For further information see our blog and infographic that shows who will be affected by minimum contribution increases across all regions in the UK as well as some handy tips on workplace pension saving from Jasmine Birtles
*9 million people have been auto enrolled and 62% of those surveyed say they are paying the minimum it is estimated that 5.6 million will be affected by the increase.
**Opinium research conducted on 1,552 UK working adults, (men: aged 22-65; women: aged 22-63) who have a pre-tax personal income of over £10,000
NOW: Pensions www.nowpensions.com @nowpensions
NOW: Pensions is one of the UK’s largest workplace pension providers with over a million members and tens of thousands of employers from a wide range of sectors. A company wholly owned by Danish pension scheme ATP; one of Europe’s largest pension funds. NOW: Pensions entered the UK market in 2011 with a simple and cost effective workplace pension designed specifically with the auto enrolment market in mind.