Six in ten workers in agriculture are without a pension, according to TUC
Worrying new figures show that as many as six in ten workers in the agricultural sector are not enrolled into any form of pension scheme, according to the TUC.
It believes that many farm workers in the sector are missing out on a decent retirement because they earned less than £10,000 last year, which is the level of earnings at which employers must enrol someone into a workplace pension.
Agriculture, forestry and fishing ranks the top of the industries with the lowest level of pension cover, with around 65 per cent of employees or some 93,000 people not having a pension.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Auto-enrolment has been a great success. But it’s not a case of ‘job done’.
“Millions remain at risk of poverty in retirement because they are saving nothing, or very little, in a pension scheme.
“We urgently need the government to help more low-paid workers join schemes. And ministers must set out a plan for increasing contributions from employers.”
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