Our latest Wealth & Protection Survey 2017 shows women are fast becoming a ‘high-risk’ group when it comes to pensions. Looking at the pension savings of UK women, they’ll likely face a tricky retirement ahead.
Director at Drewberry
Just over 28% of the women surveyed were part-time employees compared to less than 9% of the men. Meanwhile, 84% of the men were in full-time employment compared to only 64% of the women we spoke to.
This provides a partial explanation as to why so many of the women we surveyed – just under 50% – reported having £200 or less a month to spend in discretionary income. It also helps explain why British female workers are notably less optimistic about their financial futures than their male counterparts. They even expect to inherit less than men.
In addition to the gender pay gap, as in previous Drewberry surveys, this year also highlighted that women continue to fall far dangerously behind men in the pension stakes as well.
“Taken as a group,” explains Tom, “only 14% of women have personal pensions compared to 24% of men. However, given they represent the majority of the UK’s part-time workers, women should be making use of personal pensions far more often than men on average.
“This is to make up for the concerning fact that almost a quarter of employed women are earning less than £11,000 a year, with a great many falling beneath the £10,000 a year earning ceiling for auto enrolment.
“Statistically, women also seem to be far less engaged with the topic of pensions than men – and men are in enough trouble themselves!
As advisers, we’d like to see young people leaving school with at least a basic understanding of how pensions work. Sadly, only 29% of the women we surveyed understood that pensions pay tax relief compared to 41% of men. Neither finding is encouraging.
Head of Financial Planning
“Every working Briton needs to recognise that a pension is an essential piece of retirement kit – it’s not something that can be put off or ‘managed without’. Unfortunately, more than 21% of employed women in this country still have no pension of any kind and this must change,” Neil finishes.
Given that women tend to work fewer hours than men and therefore earn less and have less in discretionary income to put by each month, pension advice is all the more important. Gone are the days where men went out to work and were enrolled in generous employer-provided final salary scheme and their wives benefited from a slice of that pension in the form of a spouse’s pension.
With more women in the workplace and fewer final salary schemes with spousal benefits on offer, it’s more important than ever that women make appropriate pension provisions on their own terms – if they can afford to do so.
To help working Britons better prepare for retirement, Drewberry created its Pension Pot Calculator, which works out the future value of your pension pot based on your contributions and illustrates how long it’s likely to last based on the level of income you decide to draw.
Senior Paraplanner at Drewberry
See the full data from the annual Drewberry Wealth & Protection Survey here →