Almost Half of UK Citizens Asked Cannot Afford to Retire According to New Research
LONDON, October 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Market research company SurveyCompare has released a new infographic
showing nearly half of UK citizens asked do not expect to retire when they reach
The infographic cross-sections its data to show how men and women have different
expectations, how different kinds of employment produce different retirement plans, and
how plans change with age.
Agnese Geka of SurveyCompare says, “We did this research because we could not find
anything like it out there. We wanted to make clear to people that across the UK men and
women are feeling the pinch financially regardless of their background, and are uncertain
about their working future and maybe they should start thinking about additional income
The infographic shows the UK government’s plans to raise the retirement age from 65-68
for men and from 60-65 for women, even though in the UK the ‘health’ expectancies for men
and women are 63 and 65 respectively. Men degrade more rapidly than women but will be
expected to work for longer under these plans. Protest groups have been set up to lobby
the government on this, such as 68istoolate.org.uk.
Responses to SurveyCompare’s question ‘Will you continue working past the age of
retirement?’ demonstrated the rise in recent years of people working from home, and those
The research shows 20% of men and around 16% of women expect to either work part-time
or turn self-employed when they reach retirement age. More men than women expect to be
able to retire – 24% vs 19% – and seeing as 42% of those not retiring are compelled to
continue working by financial insecurity the difference of 5% is possibly a question of
The future certainly looks less certain for women, with 41.6% unsure about their
prospects compared to 32.4% of men. Only 11.6% are confident of staying on with their
employer as an older worker compared to 16% of men. It’s a cold world out there.
Although it’s no surprise around 50% of under 25s don’t know much about their
retirement plans that uncertainty remains at around 40% until you come to the 55+ age
bracket. Geka says, “We all know Parkinson’s Law, which says work takes as long to do as
you have to do it. Our research has shown this is the same with retirement plans. For
whatever reason, whether it’s because they can’t afford to or because they aren’t inclined
to, people don’t think ahead to retirement.”
A constant of around 10% throughout all the age groups expect to continue working for
the same employer when they reach retirement age. The same is true of those planning to
take on part-time work, suggesting work ethic does not change dramatically as people get
older. Those working two or more jobs can’t imagine retiring ever, and those in long term
unemployment find it harder to imagine themselves working as a senior citizen than being
Retirement plans come down to either habit or necessity. Those with pHds don’t imagine
themselves retiring, in fact 56% will continue writing academic papers well into their
senior years, usually as a lifestyle choice.
On the surface those in work are the people most able to afford retirement, but even
then it doesn’t look like they are earning enough currently to consider retiring.
Government figures shows in 2012 employment is up but the number of hours being worked is
down, meaning the increase of part-time workers and working from home increases.
According to the SurveyComare research, 37% of those polled work full-time and 21%
part-time. But of each group only 10% would definitely retire and around 35% didn’t yet
know, again with financial reasons being cited. The research suggests perceived wealth is
relative: everyone feels they could do with supplementing their income.
So why don’t people expect to retire? That is the question SurveyCompare is asking.
The stand-out reason is financial, and this is driving more into working from home to
maximise and monetise their time. But there are a combined 20% who either don’t like the
idea of stagnating or who wish to continue using their personal experience and skills.
These make up part of SurveyCompare’s demographic, people looking to earn some money at
their convenience while engaging with something relevant to their interests.
SurveyCompare.net offers people the chance to earn money with paid surveys on their
chosen subject. The SurveyCompare service is free and is using by tens of thousands of
people around the world. As survey panellists these people play a key role in market
research and their opinions influences companies to develop new products and services.
For more information please visit: http://www.surveycompare.net Contact:Agnese.email@example.com Phone +44(0)20-7428-7426
SOURCE Marketing VF Ltd