Almost 70% of employees believe they will take up auto-enrolment into an occupational pension from 2012, government research claims.
Pensions reform minister Rosie Winterton says: "We are all living longer, healthier lives, with increasing expectation for our lifestyles in retirement. But we know that there are around 7 million people not saving enough for retirement, which is why we introduced these reforms.
"More and more people are becoming aware of the need to save for later life, and appreciate that these reforms will have an important role to play in ensuring that people can look forward to the sort of retirement they have in mind."
Additional research on the attitudes of employers also showed nearly 60pc thought the workplace pension reforms were a good move.
Among employers who were already making pension contributions of 3pc or more, most (86pc) "expressed an intention" to maintain or even increase contribution levels for existing scheme members, following introduction of the reforms.
About half - 51% - of those contributing 3% or more said they intended to offer new employees their existing contribution levels or even higher. However, 30% of those contributing 3pc or more said that they might reduce contributions for new employees, although the research said these tended to be smaller employers.
The report said analysis - which excluded micro-employers - showed 64pc of employers with five or more employees plan to offer their existing contribution levels or higher to new employees. Only 17% of these employers say they might reduce contributions for new employees.
Winterton adds: "I welcome this indicative research that shows a majority of employers believe the workplace pension reforms to be a good idea. I look forward to continuing to work closely with employers to make sure they have the information and help they need as we implement these reforms."Professional Pensions
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