The Pensions Survey is carried out on an annual basis in the third quarter of the year, as a module of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The first iteration of this annual data collection on pension coverage in the State commenced in Quarter 3 2018 and is now carried out on an annual basis.
This survey does not measure pensions provided through the State Social Welfare Scheme and instead relates to occupational and personal pension cover (supplementary pension coverage) only. It meets national demands for annual estimates of overall supplementary pension coverage and pension types.
It should be noted that in previous Pensions Surveys, supplementary pension coverage included only occupational pensions from one's current employment and personal pensions in current contribution. With the introduction of the annual Pensions Survey in 2018, the survey was expanded to include occupational pension coverage from previous employments (also for self-employed persons) and personal pensions where payments have been deferred or are in current draw-down mode.
The Pensions Survey data is collected directly from private households. Questions about supplementary pension coverage are asked only of persons in employment aged 20 to 69 years. Institutional households (e.g. nursing homes, barracks, boarding schools, hotels etc.) are not covered by the survey.
|Table 1.1 Pension coverage for persons in employment (ILO) aged 20 to 69 years, Q3 2018 and Q3 2019|
|% of persons in employment aged 20 to 69 with pension cover|
|Q3 20181||Q3 20182||Q3 20191||Q3 20192|
|1 Includes only occupational pensions from current employment and personal pensions in current contribution.|
|2 Includes occupational pension coverage from current/previous employments, and personal pensions, including deferred pensions and pensions in draw-down mode.|
|3 These age categories relate to the targets set by the National Pensions Policy Initiative.|
|X-axis label||Occupational pension only||Personal pension only||Both|
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