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Closing the gender pension gap

Closing the gender pension gap

Date: 9 June 2021 | By: cosgrove

An insightful report* makes it clear just how large the gender pension gap has become. A typical woman in her twenties, it reveals, would have to work an average of 40 years longer than a man to build up the same pension at retirement, with women currently averaging a £100k savings deficit compared to
men when they retire.

Mind the gap
The study identifies several reasons for this sizeable difference between men and women’s pension funds. Not only do men tend to earn more than women, but they are also more engaged with saving for retirement. Meanwhile, women spend seven extra years on average in part-time work, further diminishing their saving ability making closing the gender pension gap difficult.

More needs to be done
The report called for several actions to improve closing the gender pension gap, including raising the default employee pension contribution, extending auto-enrolment to the self-employed and lowering the minimum age for the scheme from 22 to 18.

Currently, employed under-22's aren’t enrolled automatically but may opt in and benefit from employer contributions if they earn at least £6,240 a year.

Saving for retirement

We can help you build up the funds you’ll need to enjoy your retirement years to the full.

We can give financial advice on personal pensions, getting the most suitable annuity rates, stakeholder pensions, self invested personal pensions (SIPPs), small self-administered schemes and equity release.

Key pension services

  • pension review
  • pension consolidation
  • pension transfers
  • pension draw down and defined benefit pension transfer.

Our defined benefit pension transfer guide will help you better understand your scheme, including the benefits and drawbacks it may have, and will help you decide whether you want to take advice on your pension.

If you are considering a Defined Benefit Pension Transfer, please read our Self Triage Client Guide for further information. ”

*Scottish Widows, 2020