UK - Around 5% of women do not know whether they contribute to an occupational pension scheme, a new report claims.
A survey of 791 workers by independent financial adviser Origen showed that only 45% of women knew they were offered a pension through their workplace, compared with 61% of men.
Among those women who were members of a company scheme, half did not know how much their employer contributed - compared to 23% of men - while 41% did not know how much they paid in themselves, compared with 19% of men.
One in 20 women did not know whether they contributed to a company pension scheme at all, compared to just 1% of men.
Nearly twice as many women as men - 44% and 24% respectively - did not think they were offered any benefits by their firm, while only 7% of women knew the monetary value of the benefits they received compared to 31% of men.
Men were more likely to be attracted to a job because of a good benefits package - two-thirds took this into account compared with 53% of women.
Seven out of 10 men would be more likely to stay in a job because of the benefits it offered, something just 55% of women were prepared to do.
Origen director Sharon Mason-Hunter said: “As it is unlawful for companies to discriminate between male and female employees, it does appear that the issue may in fact be that women are simply not taking the same interest in their benefits as men.
“It is important that women realise how big an impact benefits can make on their overall pay package.”
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