United Kingdom (UK) Pensions Market Size, Trends, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2027

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UK Pensions Market Overview

The UK pensions market size was GBP15.4 billion in terms of annual premium equivalent (APE) in 2022. The market is expected to achieve a CAGR of more than 2% during 2022-2027. Due to a rise in workplace pension enrolment, it achieved a very strong growth rate in 2022 while all other pension types contracted. Most pension withdrawals are used to cover everyday expenses and a sizable portion is used to pay off mortgages. Annuities saw a dip in 2022, but income drawdowns increased.

UK Pensions Market Outlook, 2022-2027 (GBP Billion)

UK Pensions Market Outlook, 2022-2027 (GBP Billion)

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The United Kingdom (UK) Pensions market research report examines the changes in the pensions market. The report explores how consumers’ attitudes and behaviors towards long-term saving, planning for retirement, and accessing private pensions are changing. The report also provides current and historical data on the size of the market by product type covering individual pensions, workplace pensions, and trust-based pensions. Moreover, data on common retirement products and pension providers is also provided.

Market Size (2022) GBP15.4 Billion
CAGR (2022-2027) >2%
Historical Period 2018-2022
Forecast Period 2023-2027
Pension Types ·        Work-Based Pensions

·        Trust-Based Pensions

·        Individual Pensions

·        Master Trusts

Leading Providers ·        BlackRock

·        Royal London Mutual

·        Aviva plc

·        Lloyds Banking Group

·        Phoenix Group Holdings

·        M&G Plc

·        FIL Ltd

·        Liverpool Victoria Financial Services

·        Vitality Life Limited

·        Wesleyan Assurance

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UK Pensions Market Dynamics

Life expectancy has fallen in the UK because of the pandemic, changing the state pension landscape. This means the UK Government has delayed the plan for the state pension age (SPA) to increase to 68 by 2039. The high inflationary trend that has been present throughout 2022 and 2023 has influenced retirement trends, especially for people between the ages of 55 and 59. Notably, many individuals are concerned about their pension’s capacity to pay rising bills. Consequently, in reaction to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, a trend towards later retirement is starting to emerge. This is further supported by an increase in the number of individuals who plan to retire after the state retirement age.

UK Pensions Market Segmentation by Types

In 2022, work-based pensions held the highest share of the pensions market.

The key pension types in the UK pensions market include work-based pensions, trust-based pensions, individual pensions, and master trusts. The main driver behind the comeback of the pensions market in 2022 after collapsing in 2020 due to the pandemic was the large expansion of work-based pensions. This increase is due to favorable legislative environments that support employer-based pension plans and growing acknowledgment of the significance of retirement planning. Workplace pensions have become more appealing and available due to employer contributions, employee payments, and potential government incentives under automatic enrolment (AE), which has increased participation. The minimum contribution amount required by the policy has helped increase pension savings.

UK Pensions Market Analysis by Types, 2022 (%)

UK Pensions Market Analysis by Types, 2022 (%)

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UK Pensions Market - Competitive Landscape

BlackRock was the largest provider of individual and workplace pensions in 2021.

Some of the leading providers in the UK pensions market are:

  • BlackRock
  • Royal London Mutual
  • Aviva plc
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Phoenix Group Holdings
  • M&G Plc
  • FIL Ltd
  • Liverpool Victoria Financial Services
  • Vitality Life Limited
  • Wesleyan Assurance

UK Pensions Market Analysis by Providers, 2021 (%)

UK Pensions Market Analysis by Providers, 2021 (%)

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Segments Covered in the Report

UK Pensions Market Types Outlook (Value, GBP Billion, 2018-2027)

  • Work-Based Pensions
  • Trust-Based Pensions
  • Individual Pensions
  • Master Trusts


• Single individuals (i.e., those not in a legally-recognized relationship) must supplement their state pension by over GBP14,000 per annum in order to achieve a moderate standard of living in retirement, given that the full state pension pays roughly GBP9,000.

• According to our 2023 UK Life and Pensions Survey, 61.9% of people contributed at least 6% of their salary towards their pension in 2023. 18.2% increased their pension contribution in 2023 despite the cost-of-living crisis.

• 56% of pension pots were completely withdrawn upon its first time accessed. 17.7% of over 55s decided to take money out of their pension plans. However, 62.8% of these people did not consult a financial expert, which may have led them to make financially reckless decisions.

Reasons to Buy

  • Examine the size of the pensions market
  • Discover how individuals save toward retirement
  • Learn how individuals access their private pensions for the first time
  • Understand trends in the income drawdown and annuities segments
  • Explore the gender gap in pensions
  • Understand the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on the market, sentiment, and customer behavior

Royal London Mutual
Lloyds Banking Group
Phoenix Group
Fidelity International
Liverpool Victoria Financial Services
British Airways
Royal Mail
NatWest Group
Smart Pension
Evolve Pensions
Rothesay Life
Standard Life
Agfa UK
Sun Life UK
Cobham Pension Plan
Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC)
Just Group
Canada Life

Table of Contents

  • 1 Executive Summary

    • 1.1 Market overview
    • 1.2 Key findings
    • 1.3 Critical success factors

  • 2 The State Pension and Retirement Planning

    • 2.1 Most individuals retire at around the SPA
    • 2.2 The state pension is not adequate to lead a moderate lifestyle, leading to the need for supplementation
    • 2.3 The cost-of-living has impacted the way consumers view their retirement incomes

  • 3 Private Pensions: Market Size and Players

    • 3.1 Saving into workplace pensions increases, whilst other pension types fall in 2022
    • 3.2 Phoenix Group Holdings are now the top providers of trust-based pensions
    • 3.3 Other market developments

  • 4 Saving for Retirement

    • 4.1 The number of individuals with workplace pensions is increasing due to AE
    • 4.2 Pension pot characteristics and saving attitudes

  • 5 Pension Decumulation

    • 5.1 Many individuals are not seeking financial advice when withdrawing from their pension
    • 5.2 Consumers’ approach to accessing pensions for the first time
    • 5.3 Income drawdowns and annuities

  • 6 Lifestyle in Retirement

    • 6.1 Retirees are confident about their retirement lifestyle and funds

  • 7 Appendix

    • 7.1 Abbreviations, acronyms, and initialisms
    • 7.2 Definitions
    • 7.3 Methodology
    • 7.4 Secondary sources
    • 7.5 Future reading

  • 8 About GlobalData
  • 9 Contact Us

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