A third of full-time workers are still not contributing to a pension, despite increased publicity on the woeful state of pension provision.Research conducted by B&CE Benefit Schemes, the not-for-profit stakeholder provider to the construction industry, shows that 37 per cent of full-time workers – 6.5 million people – are not contributing to a pension plan. The report, which surveyed 688 people in full-time work, undermines the belief that lack of trust in pension schemes is the main reason stopping people from saving. Only 10 per cent of respondents not paying into a pension cite this as the reason. One in four people say that they cannot afford it and 20 per cent say they have not got around to it yet. B&CE Benefit Schemes deputy chief executive John Jory says: “It is alarming to find that, even though pensions have become almost a daily talking point for many people, there are still millions who have not taken a positive step towards starting to save for the day when they retire.”
Money Marketing’s investment reporter has learned better than to “give it the big lobster” over lunch. In J Sheeky’s last week, he boldly ordered one of the luxury sea-beasts, grilled in a sauce of garlic butter. But the sauce proved to be proved a good lubricant. The claw crackers slipped and a the intrepid reporter […]
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