An occupational pension scheme is a retirement savings plan provided by an employer for its employees. The most common plan is the group personal pension (GPP), while other ‘contract-based’ ‘defined contribution’ schemes are the stakeholder and group self invested personal pension (Sipp). Pensions run by a trustee board are the money purchase defined contribution scheme and the once-popular defined benefit plan (such as final salary).


High Court rules on Merchant Navy Pension Fund deficit regime

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

All participating employers must now pay deficit contributions.

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Pension scheme membership increased in 2014

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

ONS report: Increased to 59% from 50% in 2013.


Balfour Beatty delays £85m pension payment

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

It agrees restructure of DB deficit payments.

Hymans Robertson research – June 2013

Technology can maximise DC pension flexibility engagement

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Employee Benefits Connect is on 4 March.


IBM staff can claim damages against DB closure

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 | By Marianne Calnan

It failed to meet legal obligations during pensions restructure.


Auto-enrolment continues to be a burden

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Larger employers have opportunity to re-assess process as staff are re-enrolled.

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51% approaching retirement would consider working longer

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 | By Marianne Calnan

Prudential research: 21% not ready to retire.

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Workplace pensions report 2014

Tue, 3 Jun 2014

The latest issues in workplace pensions.

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Buyer's guide to group personal pensions

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 | Updated: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 | By James Dyble

Big changes are taking place in the pension market. 


Buyer's guide to financial education

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 | By Alison Coleman

Legislative changes are driving employee need for education.


Buyer's guide to contract-based defined contribution pension schemes

Wed, 21 May 2014 | By Ceri Jones

DC scheme charges have been criticised.

More Buyer's Guides

Beat the clock

Will the market be ready for the 2015 pension reforms?

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Changes yet to receive final approval.

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Pension reforms: What the market and schemes have to be ready for

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Reforms come into force in April 2015.

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Why employers are transforming specialist reward and pensions staff into benefits generalists

Mon, 5 Jan 2015 | By Clare Bettelley

Increasing reliance on benefits consultants is a driving force. 


Details of the four pensions bills going through Parliament

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 | By Ceri Jones

Four bills covering pensions to receive royal assent.

More analysis


Heineken's default funds will need to change after Budget reforms

Mon, 8 Dec 2014 | By Ceri Jones

Governance committee is re-examining default funds.

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B&Q keeps reward simple

Wed, 3 Dec 2014 | By Clare Bettelley

Review aims to make benefits easier to understand.

More case studies

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Pension scheme membership increased in 2014

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

ONS report: Increased to 59% from 50% in 2013.


Two-thirds of over-40s yet to discuss pension reforms

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 | By Robert Crawford

Partnership research: Only 31% have had a conversation.

More research

Debbie Lovewell, deputy editor, Employee Benefits

Lovewell's Logic: New thinking needed around pensions?

Thu, 4 Dec 2014 | By Debbie Lovewell-Tuck

Should employers do more to boost staff pension pots?

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DOD’s blog: Finger on the pensions pulse

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 | By Debi O'Donovan

What is the industry saying?

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Debbie Lovewell-Tuck: Balancing pay expectations with pension costs

Tue, 7 Oct 2014 | By Debbie Lovewell-Tuck

Increasing staff understanding of the value of contributions is crucial.

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Another growing blip on the pensions radar…

Jelf Employee Benefits Mon, 2 Mar 2015

What is the automatic transfers project, why is it being introduced and what does it mean for employers? 

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Pension freedoms: stop the scams

Jelf Employee Benefits Mon, 23 Feb 2015

Employers should alert their employees to the potential dangers of scams.

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Feeling flat as a pancake about the changes to pensions legislation?

Buck Consultants at Xerox Tue, 17 Feb 2015

Read our three key questions for implementing pensions flexibility.

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Defensive lines for pension savings

Jelf Employee Benefits Wed, 11 Feb 2015

The last few weeks has seen several new lines of defence added to the tactical map of UK pension savings.

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Johnson Fleming announces details of its next webinar

Johnson Fleming Thu, 5 Feb 2015

As 2015 begins, the events team is already busy, organising webinars for the coming months.


How to structure workplace savings so staff achieve good outcomes video

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

This Summer School video is presented by Greg Broomer, senior consultant, Johnson Fleming

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How to get the most out of tax efficient workplace savings benefits video

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

This is a Summer School tutorial presented by Dale Critchely, technical reform manager at Friends Life