Occupational Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of the working age population that belonged to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension scheme in each year since 1997.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Pensions Reform) and Minister (Yorkshire and the Humber)

The information requested is as follows:

Estimates of the percentage of the working-age population who belong to an employer-sponsored defined benefit pension, by year.
1991 28
1995 26
2000 25
2004 23
2006 21
2007 21

1. Pension scheme membership figures were taken from the Occupational Pension Scheme Survey. Data for years 1991, 1995, 2000 and 2004 were produced by the Government Actuary's Department (GAD). Data for 2007 and revised data for 2006 were published by ONS in September 2008. The coverage of the survey is the UK.

2. Population figures were taken from Table 1 of the mid-year population estimates produced by the Office for National Statistics. 2007 is the latest year published.

3. The working age population is defined as males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59.

4. To be eligible for membership of an occupational pension scheme, including defined benefit schemes, a person must be an employee working for an employer offering such a scheme.2007

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