Deloitte comments on introduction of auto re-enrolment
Three year anniversary of auto-enrolment in the UK
1 October 2015
Andrew Power, investment management partner, Deloitte:
“October 1st 2015 marks the three year anniversary since the introduction of auto-enrolment in the UK. It is also the first time that auto re-enrolment comes into force, affecting an average of 9% of workers* that chose to opt out the first time around. For these individuals, today’s policy could see them return to a pension scheme.
“The pensions landscape has changed considerably since 2012, with pensions freedom and flexibility most notably shaking up the system. That said, the challenge of encouraging savers to save still remains. Recent research from Deloitte found that the annual savings gap for the total population will reach £350 billion by 2050, dwarfing recent, more conservative estimates.
“Auto re-enrolment today, in the backdrop of the pensions tax relief consultation, will attempt to close the current gap by putting the onus back on to the individual. However, we will need to go beyond this to demystify pensions and incentivise individuals to save. This could be with better consumer communication supported by technology development expected by younger savers, more products that are not only more flexible but also more personalised, and for the fragmented industry itself to make better use of information aggregation.”
Notes to editors
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