Plugging the financial gap

More over-65s are working than ever before

There is no legal retirement age, and employers can no longer force their employees to retire at a particular age. It’s up to you when you decide to stop working.

But nearly three quarters (71%) of UK employees – equivalent to 23 million people – are set to work beyond their 65th birthday, according to new research[1]. A further two in five (37%) believe they will reach their 75th birthday before they retire.

Rising prices and poor returns on savings delay retirement

Among those expecting to work beyond the age of 65, seven in ten (71%) cite the rising cost of living as a reason. Food prices in particular have been rising at their fastest pace for more than five years – the result of last year’s extreme weather and an increase in global import costs[2].

Despite a fall in inflation over the past year, another two in three (63%) say that rising inflation eating into the value of their savings is an influential factor, while 62% say the same of poor returns on their savings.

Poor retirement planning plays a role, although some enjoy working longer

A third (32%) of those who intend to work beyond the age of 65 admit that they need to continue earning a wage because their pension savings are insufficient, rising to two in five (39%) among the age group approaching the traditional retirement age of 65 (45-54 year olds).

This lack of planning has been exacerbated by the recent changes to the UK state pension age, with a quarter of employees (25%) acknowledging that they can no longer rely on it and will have to work for longer to bolster their savings, up from a fifth (21%) last year.

However, not everyone views working for longer as a grim prospect: three in ten (30%) say they plan to work beyond the age of 65 because they enjoy their job, while one in five (17%) employees say they will stay in work to continue receiving valuable employee benefits.

In particular, income protection (17%) and life insurance (16%) are highly valued benefits for employees who are considering working beyond the age of 65, while one in ten also appreciate the support of a critical illness cover (13%) or access to an Employee Assistance Programme (10%).

It comes as little surprise that UK workers are planning to work longer as external factors like the rising cost of living and poor returns on savings exert extra pressure on employees’ finances.

Your personal financial journey

If you have concerns that you may be heading towards a retirement income shortfall, we are here to help you shape your personal financial journey. We will understand your ambitions and support you to achieve them – please contact Touchstone Advisory Limited on + 1 917 810 3140 or email for more information.

Source data:

[1] ONS Labour market data, March 2019

[2] British Retail Consortium, Shop Price Index February 2019