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Release: Occupational Pension Schemes Survey short stories, Very Small Schemes 2012

Released: 26 November 2013


David Knight

Analysis and Dissemination - Public Policy Analysis - Pensions Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456439

Categories: Economy, Personal Finances, Pensions, Occupational and personal pensions

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

Survey name(s): Occupational Pension Scheme Survey (OPSS)

  • In 2012, 80% of private sector occupational pension schemes were very small schemes with 2 to 11 members.
  • Very small schemes accounted for only 1% of active membership of occupational pension schemes.
  • Since 2004 there was a decline in active membership of very small schemes from 0.3 million in 2004 to 0.1 million in 2012.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of active members in very small occupational pension schemes did not make any contributions themselves. Contributions came solely from the employer.
OPSS provides a detailed view of the nature of occupational pension provision in the UK.

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