UK’s smallest employees need to embrace auto-enrolment

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A recent survey comissioned by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals has found that more than a third of workers reaching the end of their working lives are not planning financially for their retirement.

At a time when auto-enrolment is very much at the forefront of SME owners’ minds, 36 per cent of individuals aged 51-60 admitted to having no pension provision. Meanwhile, two-thirds of 20-24 year-olds surveyed also confessed to having no pension plans, with 30 per cent of all survey respondents fearing that their final pension pot is unlikely to be enough to live on when they do come to retire.

Jane Watford, Payroll Manger said: “I would hope that most people are thinking about their future, but these results show that a great many towards the end of their working lives are not planning for their retirement.

“This should act as a wake-up call for SMEs to look at their automatic enrolment staging date and evaluate the role that payroll plays within their organisations. Auto-enrolment is here to stay and will not go away by ignoring it.

“Small employers should therefore be embracing auto-enrolment and promoting the virtues of it to their staff. After all, the survey revealed that 55 per cent of employees feel saving for the future through payroll is a good idea.”

If you’re confused about what the changes to The Pensions Regulator laws mean for your business, and you require assistance setting-up your automatic enrolment scheme, then please email our Payroll Manager, Jane Watford.

Should you require confidential advice on planning for your retirement, then we are also on-hand to help, so feel free to contact us today.