Research for the Saga Annuity Service based on over 400,000 actual and planned retirement dates, shows more than a quarter (27%) of over 50s expect to delay retirement and work past the age of 65. The research shows interesting variations depending on both location and gender, which will influence when people retire, as well as highlighting future trends in the over 50s retirement plans.
Overall 28% of men and a quarter of women (25%) expect to work beyond 65, with men in London (32%) and women (27%) in the South East planning to work longer than anywhere else in the country.
In 2012, nationally the average retirement age for men is 63 years, 303 days and for women 62 years, 164 days. People in the South East expect to work the longest (men 64 years, 58 days and women 62 years, 322 days) and those in the North East expect to retire earlier than anywhere else in the country (men 63 years, 164 days and women 61 years, 333 days).
The Saga research results show that on average the actual and planned retirement age is creeping up a few months every year. In 2012 the average retirement age will be 63 years, 130 days, which is 286 days later than in 2010 (62 years, 277 days). By 2025 people expect to work an extra 2 years and 186 days longer than today (65 years, 316 days).
Today, on average men work 1 year, 138 days longer than women but the gap is set to decrease rapidly. By 2020, the difference between men and women’s retirement dates is likely to reduce to under a year (261 days), and by 2025 the difference could be just 46 days***.
Most popular day to retire
The most popular day for people to retire is perhaps unsurprisingly a Friday, although interestingly Wednesday is the second most popular weekday to retire on. However, there is a difference between the sexes when it comes to the time of year to finish work. The most common month for men to retire in is December, while women are more likely to retire in July and take advantage of the sunny weather.
Lack of understanding about annuities
Although 93% of those who have not yet retired want to get the best possible income from their pension, shockingly less than a third (30%) intend to shop around, and 43% haven’t decided. More than half of over 50s (51%) were unaware that suffering from certain medical or lifestyle conditions could get them an enhanced annuity that would pay a higher pension.
Shopping around clearly pays off as one in seven (14%) who didn’t shop around regretted not doing so.
Roger Ramsden, Chief Executive, Saga Services commented: “While many people are working past the state pension age in order to keep up with the cost of living, some continue to work because they enjoy it and find it helps to keep them both socially and mentally active. It is important that those planning retirement are aware of their options, which could be the difference between retiring when they want to, as opposed to when their finances determine they need to. Research shows an alarming lack of awareness and understanding amongst those coming up to retirement.”
Notes to Editors
• *Data is based on actual and planned retirement dates for more than 427,000 Saga customers
• **Populus interviewed 10,483 Saga customers, all aged 50 and over, online between 12th and 15th September 2011. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.
***Difference between men and women’s retirement dates
2012 average retirement age by region
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