Jeanette Makings: Uptake of benefits

With the rising cost of living, low interest rates, and costs such as utility bills and food prices on the increase, it’s no surprise that many workers feel they have less disposable income (recent figures from the Office for National Statistics back this up). In reality this means that employees cannot afford to miss out…

Jeanette Makings: Auto-Enrolment – the countdown is on

When it comes to pensions, auto-enrolment (otherwise known as National Employment Savings Trust, or NEST), is the top concern for UK employees. Whatever the pros and cons of NEST, its launch commences from next year onwards, making it increasingly important for employees and employers alike to know what is required of them. This then begs…

Jeanette Makings: Financial Education – One size doesn’t fit all

Of the many hats employers have to wear when it comes to supporting their employees, financial education is increasingly becoming a priority and an area in which employees require guidance. Financial education is an extremely efficient and effective route to increasing engagement and empowering employees and something that can be applied in various ways to…

Jeanette Makings: Pension tax relief – do employees know where they stand?

In recent times, the government’s stated aim of making the pensions system fairer and simpler for all has meant that employers and their workforce need to understand the new regulations.. We recently carried out research to find out what employees understand about the changes and discovered that, while the government’s end goal is to make…