Press release


Monday 5 November 2012

• Nearly half of 50-64 year olds are putting extra into their savings accounts
for retirement
• Over 50s also saving for rainy days and sunny days

With regular warnings of poverty in old age, nearly half of 50-64 year olds are building a savings nest egg to supplement their pensions in retirement. According to research by Saga, 39% of 50-54 year olds, 47% of 55-59 year olds and 44% of 60-64 year olds with a savings account are putting extra money away for life after work.

Falling annuity rates, the prospect of living far longer than previous generations and wanting to maintain a comfortable standard of living in retirement may be reasons why the over 50s are making the conscious effort to save extra money on top of their pensions.  

Regionally, Londoners are the most conscientious in saving for their retirement (46%), followed by people from the West Midlands (40%) and South East (39%). However, only 34% of people from the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, Scotland and Wales are managing to put money away for life after work.

The research also reveals that in addition to stashing money away for retirement, people prioritise saving for emergencies and holidays. Salting money away for a rainy day is considered just as important as saving for retirement with more than half of 50-64 year olds putting money away “just in case”. And the over 50s are also keen to save money for “sunny days” too with 40% of 50-54 year olds, 41% of 55-59 year olds and 50% of 60-64 year olds saving up for their holidays.
Roger Ramsden, chief executive, Saga Services, said: “It’s good to hear the over 50s are being so responsible and saving for life after work. But even more could be done to help people save for retirement. For example, public policymakers could allow them to save their full ISA allowance in cash savings. This might even encourage those who currently aren’t putting money away into a savings nest egg to do so.”

Saga offers a range of telephone, internet and postal accounts with a choice of variable or fixed rates. Please visit for more information about Saga’s financial products.


Notes to Editors

  •  Populus interviewed 10,203 Saga customers, all aged 50 and over, online between 29th and 31st August 2012. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.

  50-54 year olds  55-59 year olds  60-64 year olds
Saving to fund retirement   39% 47%   44%
Saving for an emergency/rainy day  57%   53%  56%
Saving for a holiday   40% 41%   50%

Saga Savings
• Saga offers a range of savings accounts to suit all needs from regular savings and ISA accounts to longer term fixed rate deals
• All accounts offer the option to have interest paid monthly or annually
• Saga Savings accounts are available to UK residents over 50
• All Saga Savings accounts are provided by Birmingham Midshires, a division of Bank of Scotland which is authorised for accepting deposits by the Financial Services Authority.

For further information regarding Saga Savings accounts, please visit or call 0800 111 4935.