Nearly five million workers relying on employers for retirement planning advice

7th December 2015


Record numbers of workers at 13% – the equivalent of 4.8m people – are looking to their employers for advice on retirement planning, according to new research from Baring Asset Management.

The fund manager’s study shows that this latest total is up from 9% in the last survey in 2014 and 7% in 2013.

The analysis also found that 14% of respondents said they think it is the responsibility of their employer to ensure that they fully understand the asset allocation of their pension fund – up from 13% in 2014.

This point ranked third overall after ‘their own responsibility’, as cited by 56% of respondents followed by their ‘pension provider’, at 22%.

Overall, financial advisers remain the most significant source of advice for retirement planning, as cited by 27%, up from 26% in the last survey and 21% in 2013. A fifth, at 20%, said they were most likely to go to a bank/ building society, marking a rise from 14% in 2014. A further 20% said they do all their financial planning themselves.

However, there was a big jump in number of people primarily using friends and families for advice at 23%, up from 12% in 2013 to 16% in 2014.

This was particularly acute for younger people aged 18-24, with 40% saying they relied on friends and families compared to 9% of 55-64 year olds. This younger segment was also twice as likely to look to an employer compared to the pre-retirement segment at 17% versus 8% respectively.

Rod Aldridge, head of EMEA wholesale distribution at Baring Asset Management, said: “Once again our survey shows more people relying on their employer for financial advice – an indication of the central role our work plays in our lives and its role as an increasingly significant distribution challenge.

“It is also very encouraging that IFAs continue to be key as the importance of independent advice remains fundamental to effective financial provision in retirement.”

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