The Basics About Company Pension Plans

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If you’re a company employee, then one of the key things you will deal with is the company pension scheme (CPS). This is an established and vital policy that protects your future. Yet you may be struggling to understand what this type of policy is all about. In this article I will outline what this scheme does and also look at some of the key things you should consider when looking for a suitable provider for your pension. This should help you make the right decisions about the type of company pension scheme for yourself and your employees.

A defined benefit plan pays a fixed amount throughout your retirement; a non-defined benefit plan lets you invest your money into a range of investments during your retirement. Both these types of pension scheme are available to anyone who has worked for a company. You can be certain that the scheme you pick will provide you with everything you need, though it’s worth bearing in mind that the type of pension you decide upon will affect how you’ll receive your pension when you retire.

Two Main Things To Consider

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There are two main things to consider when choosing a company pension plan. Firstly, you’ll have to decide how much you’re willing to contribute. Remember that the larger your contributions, the greater your pension at retirement. The second thing to consider is the type of distribution you’ll receive. This means deciding whether you’ll get your pension in your first, third or fourth album, or some kind of initial distribution.

A contributory plan is where you’re eligible to start receiving the pension straight away; the company matches every contribution you make up to a maximum amount. With this type of plan your pension is very immediate, but you’ll still have to wait until you reach the age of 70 before you begin to receive full pensions. Another great benefit of a contributory plan is that you’ll only have to contribute to your plan if you’re working for the company – there’s no requirement to take a pension pot if you’re an employer.

Differs From A Contributory Plan

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An initial distribution plan differs from a contributory plan in that it allows you to choose how your money is invested. There’s no requirement to take part in any investment when you’re retirement eligible. The money invested will be used to fund a particular retirement benefit. For example, if you opt for a lifetime annuity then the money will be used to pay out a percentage of your future earnings. A company pension scheme usually offers the choice of having a lump sum distribution or a traditional pension pay out. You could also opt for some sort of profit sharing or stock option as well.

How the company decides which option to use will depend on a number of factors, such as how many employees there are and how long they’ve been employed by the company. One important thing to remember is that the company must allow you to opt out of the scheme at any time.

This can happen if you don’t comply with their rules. There’s a number of ways you can do this – you can give notice, or request that you’re no longer a company member, or ask for a voluntary exit. However, if you don’t leave voluntarily, you’ll have to stop making contributions until you decide to leave the company, which could take several years.

Company-Paid Life Insurance

If you do leave the company pension scheme, you’ll receive a pension that covers the period you were employed by them. It doesn’t cover the time you were a consultant, so you may have to take out company-paid life insurance. The provider of your pension might also agree to payout a matching amount if you’re planning to buy or invest in a pension or savings account linked to the company pension scheme. If you do this and the company falls into liquidation, the provider of your pension won’t receive their payout.


Company pensions offer the peace of mind that your retirement income will be there when you need it most. However, as with all pension schemes, there are risks. You could lose your pension if the company closes their doors or go bust. There is also the risk of your employer paying out less than they should, meaning that you’ll only receive half of your pension when you should have been entitled to more. You can read more about pensions and employer schemes on the Open Work website.

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