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Release: Pension Trends - Chapter 7: Private Pension Scheme Membership, (2012 Edition)

Released: 17 July 2012


David Knight or Hazel Clarke

Pensions Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455633

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

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • In 2010, there were 8.3 million active members of occupational pension schemes with two or more members in the UK, of whom 3.0 million were in the private sector and 5.3 million in the public sector.

  • Estimates from the Family Resources Survey indicate that in 2010/11, 35 per cent of people aged 16 to 64 in Great Britain (13.6 million) were contributing to private pensions – 37 per cent of men and 33 per cent of women.

  • The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) estimates that 48 per cent of UK employees were members of an employer-sponsored pension scheme in 2011, falling below 50 per cent for the first time since the series began in 1997.

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.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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