Lifetime employer: most Russians seek to get corporate pension after retiring

Feb 25, 2021

As much as 16% of Russians know and 18% have “overheard” that corporate retirement plans (CRPs) are part of the employee benefits in some Russian companies. Most of those who know about CRPs (20%) are in the 56+ age group, the least aware people (6%) are among the 18-25-year-old respondents. On the other hand, every fourth young person (26%) has heard something about a corporate pension. Today, only 3% of the respondents participate in CRPs of their companies, regardless of age.

As much as 84% of Russians would like to receive a corporate pension after retirement. Over the past year, the number of those who dream of this additional income has increased: in February 2020, during a similar survey conducted by and NPF of Sberbank, 78% of the respondents stated they’d like to receive payments from the employer.

The interest in corporate pensions is high among people aged 36-55 (85%). Among 18-25-year-olds, the metric stands at 81%, and in the 56+ age group almost every fourth (24%) does not want to be part of a CRP, probably fearing that before retiring they will not have made enough savings, even with the employer’s help.

As much as 38% of the respondents believe that the size of a corporate pension should exceed 30,000 rubles a month (this is the most common answer). A year ago, 36% of Russians had such expectations. Other answers are as follows: 26% would agree to receive 20,000-30,000 rubles a month (26% now; 20% a year ago), 15,000-20,000 rubles (18% now; 19% in 2020), 10,000-15,000 rubles (12% now; 14% last year). Only 6% of Russians agree to payments of up to 10,000 rubles a month, compared to 11% a year earlier.

Interestingly, most of the respondents who would like to receive more than 30,000 rubles a month from their employer after retirement are in the age groups 26-35 and 46-55 — 42% each; among those over 56 years old, the metric is 39%. Young people turned out to have somewhat lower expectations: 31% of 18-25-year-old Russians would like to receive more than 30,000 rubles and the same amount would like a corporate pension worth 20,000-30,000 rubles a month.

Corporate retirement plans when the employer makes contributions equal to those of the employee may well provide Russians with the desired income after retirement. For example, if a Russian with an average monthly salary of 47,867 rubles joins a CRP at the age of 30 and deposits 3% of one’s salary (1,436 rubles) to the plan monthly, to which the employer adds equal contributions, the size of their corporate pension will eventually be 32,423 rubles a month. The advantages of a CRP are obvious: employees receive a guarantee of social security upon retirement, and the employer acquires a tool to motivate staff and retain highly-qualified specialists

Alexander Zaretsky

CEO, NPF of Sberbank

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