Self-employed pension saving is rising - but it isn't enough

Self-employed pension saving is rising - but it isn't enough

Our latest analysis* shows that Self-employed workers have increased pension contributions by around £300 million with more self-employed people saving for retirement – but they still lag massively behind employees.

Government data shows total annual individual contributions by self-employed workers into personal pension schemes including workplace schemes are around £2.3 billion compared with £2 billion previously.

The most recent HMRC data shows total annual individual contributions from employees and self-employed workers excluding employer contributions rose to £11.9 billion from £11.7 billion.

The rise in self-employed contributions also includes a rise in the number of self-employed people contributing to 340,000 from 330,000, iSIPP’s analysis shows. Currently around 4.24 million people are self-employed in the UK**.

Self-employed contributions and participation in retirement saving still has a long way to go to match levels of contributions from employees as well as historic levels of participation by the self-employed in retirement saving.

Industry data*** shows private pension participation by the self-employed was as high as 33% in 2004/05 before dropping to 14% in 2014/15 compared with 57% of private sector employees in 2004/05 and 81% in 2014/15.

The analysis found the estimated net cost of pension Income Tax and National Insurance contribution relief is £48.3 billion.

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SIPP Managing Director Hrishi Kulkarni said: “The rise in individual annual contributions by the self-employed is very welcome with more people putting aside more for retirement. But it does not tell the whole story or show the whole picture of pension saving.

“The self-employed do not of course benefit from employer contributions to their pensions and the money paid by employers into pensions is a major part of retirement saving in the UK.

“The self-employed may also have built up retirement savings from previous employment and while they are not currently saving can benefit from consolidating their funds into one potentially improving returns and reducing fees.”

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