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Employees put off retirement because they can’t afford it

More than one in 10 people who had planned to retire during 2012 are making alternative arrangements and putting off drawing their pension for the time being, according to Prudential.

Prudential’s Class of 2012 research focuses on the finances and aspirations of people planning to retire.

Of those deferring their retirement, a third (32%) claim they do not want to retire yet, while two thirds (68%) say they are putting it off because they can’t afford to retire as originally planned.

However, showing that giving up work before growing too old is still an aspiration for many, the average age of people planning to retire this year is 60 years old – a similar age to last year’s survey and seven months younger than in 2010.

Vince Smith-Hughes, Prudential’s retirement income expert, said: “One thing this year’s retirees have in common is actively making choices about when and how they will retire. Although many people think the idea of retiring as early as 60 is outdated, the majority of this year’s retirees are defiantly sticking to that plan. It’s likely that many of these people will have accumulated benefits in final salary pension schemes that generate an acceptable income in retirement – perhaps signaling that the golden era of retirement for baby boomers isn’t over yet.

“It is, however, undeniable that there is a new retirement reality for a significant number of retirees. People are living longer, and for many, the very real prospect of a thirty year retirement is either unpalatable or unaffordable, hence the decision by many to continue to work. Retirement is also becoming a more opaque concept, with many people working part-time, either out of necessity or desire.

“To stand the best chance of having a comfortable retirement; which starts when you want it to, it’s important to seek professional financial advice on saving for a pension and on what post-work income options are available. Saving as much as you can, as early as you can, will help you to gain more control over your retirement. ”