Employer's Pension Hierarchy of Altruism

Auto-Enrolment, (or Workplace pension schemes), represent a bit of a change for pensions as employers provide the scheme as a statutory duty and the employee can only do nothing and accept it or actively opt-out.

For the employee, the scheme they get given will depend on how much their employer cares about doing the right thing. I suggest they use my little table as a "cut out and keep" measure of how engaged their employer is in real staff welfare.

Nevertheless, all employees need to consider that the Auto-Enrolment minimum contributions, even at the level legislated for the end of 2017, (4% employee, and 3% employer +1% tax = 8%), are likely to be wholly inadequate for half pay at age 67, (a good target for a relaxed retirement). The Money Advice Service suggests that at 20, a contribution of 14.4% of annual salary every year until retirement would be necessary. (https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/tools/pension-calculator/info)

There are a lot of assumptions in this calculation and any or all of them could change in the 47 years from 20 to 67! Financial planning for life is not a single point solution, but collaboration over many years.

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Workplace pensions: Do I have to use NEST?

Workplace pensions: Do I have to use NEST?

We have been looking for employers who have received their 12-month letters from The Pensions Regulator, but the first reaction we are hearing is that they intend to use NEST and they are not interested in an alternative. Now, I appreciate that as an IFA, I have a vested interest in spreading doubt and uncertainty here, but please suspend judgement until I have given you some verifiable information. 

Workplace Pension Basics - Auto-Enrolment

Workplace Pension Basics - Auto-Enrolment

Although the roll out of workplace pensions has been going on for sometime now, not all small and micro-businesses have cottoned on to how it will be happening to them soon. The television adverts with Theo Paphitis show crowds of happy workers announcing that they are in, but it is soon to be the very small business’s turn. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-more-to-be-automatically-enrolled-into-workplace-pensions