Workplace Pension and Auto Enrolment
Our in-house Auto Enrolment and Employee Benefits team have a wealth of experience in advising companies and professional services firms. A great endorsement that we have the ability to combine both leading edge benefits consultancy with an individually focussed employee advisory service.
More Choice… Your Choice…
If the words ’employee benefit’ are taken literally, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all the benefit sits with the employee. But with 66% of staff saying they would be more likely to stay with an employer that offered good benefits, it’s clear that employers also stand to gain. It seems that fewer people are inclined to do any more than the bare minimum needed to do their day-to-day duties.
But is this something companies really need to worry about?
After all, aren’t there plenty of people out there desperate for a job if you lose a disgruntled employee?
Well, putting aside the fact (and it’s a very big fact) that it can cost £30,614 to replace an employee earning £25,000, unhappy and disengaged employees are less effective at their job, less motivated and more likely to go off sick from work.
For employees, a benefit package can help plan for old age and unexpected events (like becoming ill or injured), and can save them a bit of money on day-to-day expenses too.
For employers, a strong, relevant and well-communicated benefits package not only helps employers make sure they get the pick of employees at recruitment, but can also help them retain happy, committed workers.
We can assist you in how you can best put together an appropriate, flexible employee benefits solution that will help to improve your business, and create an employee engagement strategy to help communicate your benefits solution.
You can find out how Chiltern Select Essentials can work for you in Our Services section, at www.chilternselect.com or simply contact us on 01494 451441 or email email@example.com
The Value of Retirement Planning
We all know it’s important to plan for retirement, but many of us are still not planning well, or early enough.
Despite all the media headlines and Government initiatives, many of us still have a ‘tomorrow will do’ attitude. This is worrying for one simple reason – we are going to live longer than most of us think.
Those approaching retirement today have many more opportunities and challenges to face than their parents ever did. There are also many more ways to fund retirement, adding to the confusion about how to best prepare for all your needs.
In 1900, life expectancy at birth in the UK was only 46 years for men and 53 years for women. Just over a century later life expectancy at birth has increased by around 30 years. By 2014 it had reached 78.7 years for men and 82.6 years for women (source: Continuous Mortality Investigation Bureau).
Clearly, life expectancy is increasing, and the higher likelihood of us living longer into retirement presents an important question - will we have enough money to enjoy the lifestyle we desire and to last us, once we have stopped work?
Some of us are planning our pensions. But few of us plan for ‘late retirement’. This is a period from our mid-70s and onwards, when our expenses can rise faster than our pension income can keep up with.
This can happen for various reasons. It could be because we need more help around the home or even that we require nursing care. Then there are unexpected expenses like replacing the roof, health care, or financial help for our families.
But these days, it’s just as likely to be because the older generation is leading a more active life through travel, work or leisure.
And don’t forget our old enemy – inflation. It continually eats away at the value of our money over time.
This problem has been at the root of much of the recent innovation in the retirement market. Getting sound financial advice throughout the different stages of retirement will help identify which products can help you achieve the income you need.
Although it may seem a long way off, making robust financial plans now for late retirement will give you the peace of mind to enjoy your early retirement years - safe in the knowledge that you will be able to live the lifestyle you desire further down the line.
A pension is a long term investment. The fund value may fluctuate and can go down. Your eventual income may depend on the size of the fund at retirement, future interest rates and tax legislation.