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Retirement saving of the self-employed


At this event we presented the findings of new IFS research that has examined the decline in private pension saving among the self-employed. We shed light on the extent to which it is driven by the changing characteristics of the self-employed workforce, and highlighted the trend among different groups of the self-employed. We also discussed attitudes towards saving, and trends in other asset holdings which may represent an alternative means of saving for retirement.

We then heard from our panel, who gave their perspectives on the findings and implications of this research and the continuing important issue of the retirement saving of the self-employed.


  • Rowena Crawford, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Alistair McQueen, Head of Savings and Retirement, Aviva
  • Pete Searle, Director - Private Pensions and Arms Length Bodies, Department for Work and Pensions

You can watch the event below, and download the slides by clicking here.