Changes in pensions have brought about an unintended shift in risk and responsibility from the employer to the employee.
What’s more every workforce is different and every employer has different needs for their employees.
We believe that there is no one size fits all when it comes to a pension arrangement. It's crucial for any pension scheme to be designed with the needs of the employer and members in mind.
"It is important that members have confidence that they are saving into safe and durable products capable of delivering good outcomes"
The Pensions Regulator
"The Congregation of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God (PSMG) is a charitable organisation working out of a number of locations throughout the UK. [Punter Southall] Aspire have been working with us for several years on advising and guiding us to implement the right solutions for our employee pensions arrangements. They are a trusted partner who have taken time to understand our organisation and with whom we have an excellent working relationship"
Sister Margaret Herlihy
So what do we think is important?
Employers have a range of drivers when setting a strategy for pension savings, such as:
We believe it is crucial to implement, review and maintain a pension arrangement that meets the employer’s strategy, whether it be a Group Personal Pension, Master Trust or Own-Trust arrangement.
Where an occupational pension scheme is used a board of Trustees have a duty of care to the scheme members and regulatory requirements to meet.
We support Trustees by:
At the heart of the pension arrangement is the member.
For the current pension framework to be successful in helping people retire when they plan to, members must first engage with their savings during their working lives.
This means that pensions arrangements need to have the right engagement strategy - so our Communications consultancy service is here to help.
This is about much more than a simple cost/benefit analysis. Fundamental questions need to be asked and different scenarios explored.
From financial to regulatory, and through to reputational, a high-quality governance process can help manage and mitigate different kinds of risks.
Pension schemes might be about the future, but they can be an attractive part of your reward package today.
Good governance is about more than meeting the minimum legal requirements. It’s about maximising potential to ensure processes are robust and compliant.
Keeping a keen eye on your pension scheme means you can spot problems and opportunities faster and keeps the focus on member outcomes.