Just 1% more

The power of paying 1% more: a small increase in contributions can make a big difference in your pension at retirement.

In thinking about how much to pay, it’s important to recognise the difference that a small increase in your contributions today can make to the pension you might receive.

The table shows projected fund values for members who start saving at different ages, contributing either 3% or 4%. You can see the different fund values they may receive.

Age member starts saving Member contributes 3% of salary each year Member contributes 4% of salary each year
  Projected fund at retirement Projected fund at retirement
25 £518,000 £690,000
30 £351,000 £468,000
35 £234,000 £312,000
40 £152,000 £202,000

The Company's two-for-one double-matching contributions mean that your decision to pay in just 1% more can make a significant difference to how much is paid into your Retirement Account.

Contributions above 5% are not double-matched by the Company and so the difference 1% more above this threshold will make is less marked than the illustration above.

These figures shown are not adjusted for inflation (in nominal terms).

Age member starts saving Member contributes 3% of salary each year Member contributes 4% of salary each year
  Projected fund at retirement Projected fund at retirement
25 £235,000 £313,000
30 £176,000 £234,000
35 £129,000 £172,000
40 £92,000 £123,000

These figures have been produced by Aon Hewitt to assist FuturePlanner with its communications. They show the possible benefits of saving more towards retirement. A small increase in contributions will lead to a greater fund, and therefore pension, at retirement.

The figures are based on the following assumptions:

  • The member has a salary of £20,000 when they start saving. Their salary increases at a rate of 3.5% each year until retirement at age 65.
  • The employer pays contributions at a rate of two times the member's contribution rate, up to a maximum of 10% of salary each year.
  • The fund is invested entirely in risk assets, which grow by 7% each year. Actual investment returns may be higher or lower than this, and will also depend on how the member's fund is actually invested. The pattern of investment returns also has an important influence on the accumulated fund.
  • Investment charges applied to the fund are 0.55% of the fund each year. The growth figures above are shown gross of these fees. Actual investment charges will depend on how the member's fund is invested and may differ from this.
  • It is assumed that the rate of future inflation is 2% each year, in line with the current long-term inflation target set by the Bank of England (this figure has been used to express projected funds at retirement in ‘today's money’). The actual inflation rate in future years may be higher or lower than this.