Advisers believe employers are disengaged with auto-enrolment

Two-thirds (65%) of respondents believe employers are disengaged with auto-enrolment, according to research conducted by financial research organisation Defaqto on behalf by Now: Pensions.

Morten Nilsson

The research, which surveyed 264 independent financial advisers, found that 89% of respondents are concerned that employers lack the knowledge to make informed decisions about the appropriate auto-enrolment product for their employees.

It also found that 95% of respondents think more should be done to ensure employers understand the long-term implications of their auto-enrolment decisions.

More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents believe the government should be doing more to educate employers, while 75% believe it is down to The Pensions Regulator and 23% think the onus should be on providers.

Morten Nilsson, chief executive officer of Now: Pensions, said: “Many employers will be approaching auto-enrolment with trepidation.

“The advisory community has an essential role to play, guiding employers through the process and helping to ensure that the schemes they select for their employees are fit for purpose.”

“Providers, government and The Pensions Regulator also need to work together to ensure that only high-quality schemes with low charges are permitted into the auto-enrolment marketplace.

“Employers would then be on a firmer footing to tackle auto-enrolment with greater confidence.”