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Giving retirement a second thought?

Over a third of over 55's believe they will work beyond their state retirement age.

We are witnessing a surge in the number of people giving retirement a second

thought due to inflation rates and the cost of living crisis. Not only are more

individuals looking to work beyond their State Pension age, but some are

returning to employment after retiring due to increasing financial pressures.

Over 2.5 million people aged 55 and over will be impacted by the long-term effects of financial insecurity and think they will continue to work past their State Pension age. Additionally, half of those aged 55 and over don’t believe their pension is enough to fund their retirement, a new survey has revealed.


INCREASING COST OF LIVING


Nearly four in ten over-55s who are not retired anticipate having to work past their State Pension age due to the increasing cost of living. Financial concerns surrounding retirement funding are the top drivers behind working beyond State Pension age.


A quarter (23%) are uncertain of how long their retirement savings will last, and almost one-fifth (18%) admit to not having made any preparations for when they stop working.


ABILITY TO REMAIN EMPLOYED


Nearly half (46%) of the millions of older workers expecting to work past their State Pension age are apprehensive that doing so will mean they can’t enjoy their later years.


Health, too, is another major concern, with nearly half (45%) worrying their health will deteriorate as a result of having to continue working and more than a third (35%) concerned it will affect their ability to remain employed.


HEAVY FINANCIAL STRAIN


Worryingly, 16% are concerned about being treated differently or worse at work because of their age and the same number worried about not being able to spend enough time with their family due to work commitments.


Looking ahead, the older workforce is expected to be crucial to the UK’s economic recovery as it will help ease severe labour shortages, yet this warning sign points to heavy financial strain many are facing.


WILL YOU ENJOY THE RETIREMENT YOU DESERVE?


We all want to be in control of our retirement plans and feel confident we can stop working when we want to so that we can enjoy the retirement we deserve. If you are worried about how your current situation and the cost of living could impact on your retirement savings, we are here to talk through your options. To find out more, please speak to us.

 

A pension is a long-term investment not normally accessible until age 55 (57 from April 2028 unless plan has a protected pension age).


The value of your investments (and any income from them) can go down as well as up which would have an impact on the level of pension benefits available.


Your pension income could also be affected by the interest rates at the time you take your benefits.


The tax implications of pension withdrawals will be based on your individual circumstances, tax legislation and regulation which are subject to change in the future.


You should seek advice to understand your options at retirement.


Ancojada Limited trading as Ancojada Group is not authorised or regulated to provide financial advice.


All financial advice is provided by other regulated businesses.

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