Is retirement out of the reach for some in Luxembourg ?

ING Luxembourg Published 12.03.2019
  • 57% of Luxembourg residents fear they will not have enough money to retire.
  • 35% of working residents anticipate having to work on retirement.
  • Among all European countries surveyed, Luxembourg has the lowest proportion of those without any savings (13%).

The fear of having to work past retirement age

Even though half of Europeans think they will have no choice but to carry on making a living past retirement, this is the case for only 35% of working people in Luxembourg.

61% of working Europeans are worried that their savings are not sufficient to allow them a comfortable standard of living on retirement. Luxembourg residents are close to the European average, with 57% of those questioned sharing this concern. Of this percentage, 58% are thinking about finding temporary and short-term work to make ends meet.

Savings are not an obvious choice for everyone, but Luxembourg leads the field

According to the ING survey, more than one out of four European households has no savings. This is the case for only 13% of Luxembourg residents, the lowest percentage in Europe. Without savings, it is usually more difficult to choose your lifestyle, your health insurance or your children’s education, for example.

When it comes to savings, Luxembourg leads the field! 75% of Luxembourg residents have more than three months’ savings set aside. The recommended minimum is three to six months’ savings, to cover any emergency.

Out of the 13% of Luxembourg residents without any savings, two thirds say that they just aren’t earning enough money to save.

Insufficient contributions?

47% of working Luxembourg residents are expecting to receive less money on retirement than they have paid into their pension plan during their working life. This is higher than the European average, which stands at around 39% of those surveyed. Luxembourg residents are therefore more pessimistic in this area than their fellow European citizens.

The survey also shows that nearly half of those surveyed in Europe have no retirement plans other than those provided for by the State or their employers. And 47% of Europeans do not know how much they contribute to their pension every year. This high figure could be explained by a tendency to bury their head in the sand. This percentage rises to 58% in France and 57% in Spain.

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