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Young women are putting their future retirement security at risk by opting out of their workplace pension[1]. The analysis shows a worrying spike in opt-outs, with 10.5% of women aged 22–29 opting out of their workplace pension. This compares to 8.1% of men in the same age group.

Significant challenges in saving for retirement

Women in their 20s and 30s face significant challenges in saving for retirement. Many leave the workforce to look after children and often only return to work on a part-time basis. Added to this is managing the high cost of childcare, which means many women don’t feel they can afford to save for retirement.

While the difference between male and female opt-outs is stark in the 20–29 age group, it evens out from the age of 30. After the age of 60, the picture changes again with significantly more men than women opting out[2].

Leading to greater financial problems in the future

The data highlights a spike in women opting out of pension saving in their 20s and 30s, most likely as they face other commitments like childcare or saving for a house. While this may seem like a good idea for them in the short term to fund other priorities, opting out of a pension will only lead to greater financial problems in the future.

Getting back into the habit of saving for later life may be difficult for some women if they have missed significant contributions.

Building a retirement plan that you feel at ease with

We can advise on your retirement planning, whether you are in the process of building your pension pot or getting back into work. There are often a number of choices available, and we can discuss each option. The goal is to build a retirement plan that you feel at ease with and that will give you a comfortable retirement. Contact us to find out more.

Source data:
[1] In September 2019, Royal London highlighted the over-60s are throwing away up to £1.75 billion in retirement by opting out of pension saving:
[2] Table of Auto-Enrolment opt out rates by gender.

If you would like to discuss your own retirement planning, then please get in touch with Waverton Wealth Director and Chartered Financial Planner, Simon Wigglesworth.


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