Retirement Survey: Don't leave it too late

14 Apr 2022

Everyone has a different idea of what their retirement will look like.

From travel and adventure to relaxing at home with the family, there’s a myriad of options to consider.

One thing’s for sure, you’ll need adequate finances to sustain each and every one.

Nevertheless, it’s clear that many of us aren’t sufficiently planning ahead.

We commissioned a Retirement Survey in March 2022, with a sample size of 1,009 respondents across the UAE. The results were surprising.

According to the survey, while 63% planned to retire before they reached the age of 60, 45% said they hadn’t yet started saving for that retirement.

At what age do you expect to retire (or did retire)?
Under 45 13%
45 to 50 16%
50 to 55 15%
55 to 60 19%
60 to 65 18%
Over 65 10%
Don’t know/not sure 9%

The current average life expectancy in the UK, UAE and India is 81.77, 78.46 and 70.42 respectively, and this is expected to increase over the next 20 years. Obviously, there’s a problem here.

So, when do people plan to start saving?

It’s clear from the responses to the survey that they’re going to leave it late. 16% said they’d leave it until 5 years before they retire, 22% saying between 5 and 10 years before and 18% between 10 and 15 years. Just 25% will plan more than 15 years ahead and 19% say they don’t know when they’ll start at all.

57% of married people with children said they would leave it 15 years or less before retirement to start saving.

Of course, how much you need to save for your retirement will depend on the type of retirement you’re envisaging.

More than half of those surveyed said they’d need USD 5,000 or less per month to live on during retirement. That includes 61% of those in the 45 plus age bracket and 60% of those in the married with children segment.

How much income do you think you will need when you retire? – by age group

Per month (US$) 18 to 24 25 to 34 35 to 44 45+ Overall
Between $0 and $2,500 12% 26% 30% 31% 27%
Between $2,501 and $5,000 22% 25% 26% 30% 26%
Between $5,001 and $7,500 23% 18% 12% 13% 15%
Between $7,501 and $10,000 12% 7% 8% 6% 8%
Over $10,000 13% 10% 7% 5% 8%
Don't know / not sure 18% 14% 17% 15% 15%

Looking at these figures, it appears those in the younger age bracket plan to save more per month. Perhaps they are recognising they’ll need more for their retirement? If so, this is an encouraging trend.

More generally, however, it would seem respondents are perhaps counting on an existing pot of money to support them, at least partly, during their retirement.

What type of savings do you have in place?
General savings/bank deposits 53%
Personal pension plan 37%
Regular savings plan 36%
Individual investment portfolio 35%
Company pension plan 20%
Property / real estate 1%