New staff in the private sector face "next to no chance" of joining a final-salary pension scheme, according to the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), after a survey suggested the closure of such schemes is accelerating.
The NAPF's annual survey - of more than 1,000 schemes run by 280 private sector firms - found that only 13% were still open to new joiners, down from 19% in 2011.
Meanwhile, 31% were now closed to existing staff as well, up from 23% the previous year.
The organisation's chief executive, Joanne Segars, said the government's money printing programme had a bearing on scheme closures.
"The pressures on final-salary pensions have proven too great for many businesses. The growing liabilities fuelled by quantitative easing will have been a factor behind the record hike in closures."
She added: "What was once the norm is now a very rare offer. And those who are currently saving into one may find it gets closed."
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