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Warning for women: gaps in work history could hurt your pension

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While it’s well known that women often take time off of work to raise children or care for a sick family member, anesthetist most people don’t know that this can cost women as much as £4, vialis 40mg 680 for every year they are out of work. This is due to the fact that most people don’t continue making contributions to their pension when they are taking time away from their career, prostate leaving their pension pots significantly smaller than if they had been working and contributing continuously.

 

Research reveals

 

The troubling figures are even more worrisome when we put the £4,680-a-year hit into perspective: according to research from Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, 25% of women are either currently on leave from work or considering a break in their future. This means a quarter of all women will be thousands of pounds worse off in their retirement. While the same is true for men who take career breaks, women are disproportionately affected because it is much more common for women to stop working for the good of the family than men.

 

While women understand that their pensions will take a hit if they stop working, most don’t understand the severity of the amount of money they stand to lose, or have any plans to make up the deficit. 28% of women surveyed said that they don’t plan on making up for lost pension contributions at all. Meanwhile, 11% have embraced the reality that they will need to work longer hours, or work for longer before retiring, in order to make up for lost pension savings during their career break.

 

Perhaps even more troubling, 22% of the women planning on a career break say they have no plans in place as to how they will fund their time away from work. This has led experts to be concerned not only for women’s future retirement plans, but also that their career breaks could leave them in financial hardship at present.

 

Options for career break savings

 

One option for women who no longer have a company pension is to continue saving into a stocks and shares ISA, offered by providers like Shepherd’s Friendly. These accounts invest your money, just as defined contribution pension schemes do, and are also tax-free. However, ISAs do not receive contributions in the form of tax breaks that pensions enjoy. When you save into a pension, you automatically get 20% tax relief on your contributions, which means you only need to contribute £80 to net £100. Higher income workers in higher tax bands can get as much as 40 or 50% tax relief.

 

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