Almost half of Scots over 40 won’t be able to afford retirement at pension age


Almost half of Scots aged 40 to 64 won’t be able to afford retirement when they reach state pension age, a new survey has revealed.

A total of 44 per cent told Yougov researchers that they were planning to work into their late 60s and beyond so they could afford their chosen lifestyle in retirement.

The research, commissioned by Age Scotland and Business in the Community (BITC), also found more than a third (36 per cent) planned to continue working in their current job with the same hours, while 25 per cent wanted to reduce their hours.

Not having enough money was the most common reason to continue working, while 22 per cent cited enjoying the social side of working and 19 per cent worried they would get bored or lonely at home.

Of those who expect to stop working or cut their hours before their late 60s, some 24 per cent said their job would be too physically demanding to continue, while 18 per cent expected their health would not be good enough.

Almost one in four adults aged 40 to 64 have felt disadvantaged or treated negatively when at work or applying for jobs past the age of 40.

Age Scotland is calling for a “career MOT” to be offered to everyone at age 50 to help people adjust future plans and pension savings.

Chief executive Brian Sloan said: “It’s worrying that retirement seems increasingly unaffordable for a growing number of Scots.

“While there are various reasons people choose to keep working, money concerns are the main factor forcing them to work into their late 60s and beyond. At the same time, many feel they will need to reduce hours or switch to a less physically demanding job.

“Of course many people choose to stay on at work because they enjoy the social side or want to share their skills. Yet instead of an ageing workforce being seen as a valuable asset, too many older workers continue to face negative perceptions or age discrimination.

“There is a growing need for more guidance to help people plan their future working life and prepare ahead for retirement. We’re pleased that most Scots support our plan for a ‘career MOT at 50’ to enable them to make informed choices about training, pension provision and future career options.

“As the state pension age increases, working longer is set to become part of life. We’re urging the Scottish Government to continue to invest in our older workers, tackle barriers to working, and offer mid-career guidance to everyone who requires it.”