United Kingdom - Women have barely half the pension savings of men - March 31, 2016

According to the report ‘The Under-pensioned 2016’, sponsored by the TUC, women have barely half the pension savings of men. The study, carried out by the Pensions Policy Institute, shows that women have, on average, £7,500 in savings in defined contribution schemes, compared to £14,500 for men. And women typically have £32,000 in pension savings in defined benefit schemes, whereas men have £62,900. The report reveals large pension disadvantages for women, ethnic minority workers, carers and the self-employed. The findings show that women, as well as having barely half the pension savings of men, also receive a far smaller state pension. Women receive 13% a year less than the average state pension and 25% a year less than men get from their state pensions. The ‘Under-pensioned 2016’ report says reasons for the disparities include workplace discrimination, job segregation and the lack of flexible working.

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