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Release: Pension Trends, Chapter 10: Saving for retirement, 2013 edition

Released: 23 April 2013


David Knight

Pensions Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455633

Categories: Economy, Personal Finances, Pensions

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • Move from Pension Trends to pensions compendium

    Following consultation, the way we present pension statistics has been updated. The Pension Trends series will no longer be produced and it will be replaced by a compendium approach with timely, more topical analyses in the form of responsive short stories. The parts of Pension Trends that represented new analyses, unavailable elsewhere, will continue to be produced and will be made available within the compendium.

    Details have been published as advisory notes explaining the move to pensions compendium (100.3 Kb Pdf) .

  • In 2008/10, pension saving contributed 79% towards the total aggregate saving of households that were headed by someone who was aged between 50 and 64 (Figure 10.4).
  • When looking at the 50 to 64 age group by saving deciles, it can be seen that those in the top decile (who have the most saving) have around eight times as much as the bottom five deciles combined (who have the least saving) – Figure 10.5.
  • In 2008/10, median Defined Benefit pension saving, for those households with such saving, was £177,900. In contrast, those within Defined Contribution schemes had median pension saving of £29,000 (Figure 10.6).
  • For both men and women aged between 16 and 64, and who were defined as having a saving orientation, the safest perceived way to save for retirement was through an employer’s pension scheme (Figure 10.12).
Pension Trends provides a statistical backdrop for the debate on pensions. It looks at changes in pension provision over time in the context of social and economic developments and changes in the policy environment.

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