US - Companies adopting hybrid pension funds are on the increase, according to Watson Wyatt.
Kevin Wagner, senior retirement consultant, Watson Wyatt, said: "With recent regulatory and legal changes, hybrid plans will only continue to grow in popularity.
"As companies search for portable, cost-efficient and secure vehicles to deliver retirement benefits that fit a changing workforce, hybrid plans have become an increasingly attractive option."
The Watson Wyatt survey also found employers contributed more to defined contribution (DC) schemes if that was the sole offering to new staff.
Alan Glickstein, senior retirement consultant, Watson Wyatt, said: "Most employers that have changed retirement designs have also enhanced their 401(k)s."
However, Glickstein warned: "The question is whether this will provide enough security for employees to retire when their employers think they will."
Of the three quarters of companies which switched to DC over the last ten years, the majority introduced or increased a non-matching contribution and added to staff's pension pots regardless of the member paying in, the survey found.
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