A fifth have no pension savings

Some 22 per cent of those aged between 30 and state pension age and who earned at least £10,000 a year were not putting anything aside, Scottish Widows said.

The pension provider, which questioned 5,200 UK adults, said this figure had grown from 20 per cent a year ago reports The BBC.

The government is introducing a system of automatic enrolment of employees into a pension from October.

This will be phased in over six years. The government intends that between four and eight million more workers will be recruited into existing company schemes, or alternatives set up to cover other workers.

Every year an increasing number of people do not have any pension provision, the Scottish Widows annual review of pensions suggested.

“People failing to make any kind of provision for their later years are in a particularly precarious position,” said Ian Naismith, of Scottish Widows.

“Some may think that they will be able to fall back on the state pension, property or a partner’s pension and while these options may provide some level of support, saving nothing for retirement could be a fast track to financial problems.”

Many of those who were saving, he said, had unrealistic expectations of the income these savings would generate in retirement and the age at which they might be able to retire.

This is more of an issue for women than men, the report claimed.

He said that automatic enrolment offered an opportunity to reverse declining retirement savings, but it required a compelling awareness campaign from the government.

Under the new scheme, firms will either have to make sure eligible staff join their current employer sponsored pension schemes – assuming the schemes meet minimum standards – or recruit them into Nest (the National Employer Savings Trust) instead.

The obligation on staff and employers to make the minimum level of contributions – a combined 8 per cent of earnings – will finally come into force in October 2018. Workers will have the option to opt out of the scheme.