Under 35s account for 90% employment growth

Matthew Barrand Blog

Employers should take advantage of annual tax-free allowance of £500 per employee for financial advice and guidance. The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Market figures have highlighted the growing need for employers to provide financial wellness and guidance advice to their staff.  According to the ONS, under 35’s accounted for 90% of employment growth in the last quarter, …

A growing role for advice

Matthew Barrand Blog, Equity Release

A long-running survey carried out by thinktank the International Longevity Centre found that those who took financial advice between 2001 and 2007 had significantly higher savings than those who did not. If you’re approaching retirement, having a financial MOT now could help you put in place the plans you need to provide effectively for your financial future. Utilising Equity release …


Number of working women aged 60-64 has doubled

Matthew Barrand Blog

Employment statistics show that more women are staying in the workplace for longer, with 48.5% in this age bracket in employment, compared with just 23.4% back in 1998. This is attributed variously to the short-notice rise in the state pension age from 60 to 65 or 66 currently affecting many women born in the 1950s, higher incidence of divorce later …

Baby Boomer Trends

Trends in baby boomer retirement plans

Matthew Barrand Blog, Retirement

Living through decades of increasing prosperity has undoubtedly given baby boomers a lot of advantages, but they can also face a number of challenges. Today, many feel pressured into working past their normal retirement date, often because of the number of demands being made on their finances by their families. If they are unable to work, they can have concerns …