The number of private sector employers offering pension provisions has fallen by 8% in the past three years, according to research by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
About half of private sector companies (52%) offered pensions to their employees in 2003, the Employers’ Pension Provision Survey 2005 found, but this fell to 44% last year.
Just 6% of the 2,401 companies surveyed by the DWP and research consultancy BMRB contributed to an occupational pension scheme and only 2% had a scheme which was open to new employees.
Less than one third (29%) of employers also provided access to stakeholder pension schemes, compared with 35% in 2003.
The report is intended to provide an up-to-date picture of pension provision by private sector employers.
The average employer contribution in the past two years was found to be 10% of employees’ salaries for open defined benefit schemes with more than 10 members, 5% for open defined contribution schemes with more than 10 members, and 5% for group personal pensions.