Why you should consider pension consolidation

Originally published at: Why you should consider pension consolidation – InvestEngine Insights

For most of our working lives, retirement can feel like a long way away. Plans tend to focus on the short to medium term, with distant concerns about financial security in retirement taking a back seat. 

It’s important to get a handle on your retirement savings early. The earlier you start to get organised, the more you’ll benefit over the long run. This has become particularly important as inflation has skyrocketed and the cost of living has increased – it’s become more difficult to save and cash savings are being eroded over time. 

Here, we’ll take a look at why you might want to bring your various pension pots under one roof.

It’s easy to lose track 

According to research from 2017, the average UK worker will have 12 jobs over their lifetime. This means a change of employer every five years or so on average. 

While there is a lot of overlap, not every employer will use the same workplace pension service. This means you might end up with a few different pots after a while, particularly if you throw a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) into the mix. 

This means that pension pots are often left to stagnate. In fact, over one in five (22%) of people report having lost track of a pension pot at some point in their career. This adds up to a staggering £37 billion in lost cash – by 2050, the Department for Work and Pensions predicts there could be 50 million individual dormant or lost pots. 

It’s worth asking yourself: do you have a clear view of exactly where your hard-earned workplace pensions are sitting and how well optimised they are?

How to consolidate your pensions

Fortunately, tracking down and consolidating pensions is something the UK government is helping with. In 2016, the government launched a free service that helps people to track down any lost pots – it is, after all, in the country’s interest for people to save for retirement. 

It’s a straightforward service – follow this link to access it. All you need to provide is the name of the employer or workplace pension service, along with your National Insurance number. From there, you can track down your provider and policy number. 

Once you have the details for your pension pots, you’ll need to get in touch with your new provider. Most providers will handle the process from here – they’ll contact your current providers and initiate the transfer on your behalf.

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The benefits of pension consolidation

Once you’ve got a clearer picture of where your pension pots are, the question becomes about what to do with them. One solution is to consolidate them, to bring them together in one place for greater visibility, better control and potentially higher returns.

Here are the reasons you might want to consider consolidating your pensions:

  • Control. If you have numerous pensions spread across different providers, it means you have to manage them separately. It’s easy to lose track of key performance metrics like performance and fees. Bring them all together and suddenly they become manageable. 
  • Simplicity. It is, simply, time consuming and hard work to keep on top of multiple different pension pots. You need to set aside time to assess their performance, make any changes where possible, or consider switching providers. Doing this once beats doing it four, or even five times. 
  • Planning. When it comes to planning for your retirement in more detail, having one pension pot makes the process so much easier. You need to decide how much you want to take out per year, and for how long – this is much easier to do with one provider, particularly when it comes to actually taking the money. 
  • Lower fees. Pension providers will often (but not always) charge a higher fee on smaller pots. This means that, rather than paying one lower fee, you could be paying high fees on multiple smaller pots. One large pot with one single provider could simplify things. 

Of course, as with anything relating to long-term finances, each individual situation is different. It’s worth doing your research before making any significant decision (like switching pension provider).

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So from this can we infer that IR is sticking with the costly £11.99 price structure?

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My ISA and SIPP are with Vanguard Investor platform and just moved 200k from IE to Vanguard, as now want all assets in SP 500, and like the Vanguard Interface more.

I pay £375pa, as I have gone over the max they set, which I think is very good, especially considering I was with HL.

So £11.99 per month seem very cheap, not costly. Remember they do need to make money to keep the platform running.


Of course they need to make money. That is not the problem. The problem is that their SIPP fees are completely unviable for people just starting out or transferring over a small pot.

I am just concerned they have massively limited their potential SIPP customer base with a flat £11.99 a month fee.

It is great for you, but you will be in a minority.

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I can see working it out for smaller amounts it will be high cost

The following Is vanguards and percentage works out better for small pots

One low account fee

Just 0.15% per year

Capped at £375 per year for accounts over £250,000

Vanguard will remain by far the cheaper SIPP provider for smaller pots. Maybe they could have some sort of percentage fee that caps at £11.99/month. That way its good for people with small pots and bigger pots alike.


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