Workers are finding it harder to save in this economy. Does that mean you can expect fewer employees to participate in your retirement plan?
Not according to recent trends. 401(k) participation over the past year has remained strong despite the fact that 71% of American workers are now living paycheck to paycheck, a new survey by the American Payroll Association has found.
In fact, 82% of workers with access to a 401(k) say they’re still making contributions.
Of those still contributing, 19% have raised their contribution level and 19% have lowered it since Sept., 2008.
Employees happy with their plans
More good news: The majority of employees (54%) are satisfied with their company’s retirement plan, and 61% say they view their employer’s plan as the primary vehicle to save for retirement, according to recent research from Watson Wyatt.
Another 29% admitted they wouldn’t save for retirement without it.
Some other findings from the Watson Wyatt survey:
- More employees (62%) with a defined-benefit (DB) plan are satisfied with their retirement plan than those with only a defined-contribution (DC) plan (51%)
- 46% of employees say they’d be willing to pay a higher amount out of their paycheck to ensure a guaranteed retirement benefit, and
- 52% of employees with a DB plan say their company’s retirement plan is a key reason they continue to work for their employer — only 33% of those with a DC plan say the same.