Pension Fees

5 Outrageous Pension Fees You May Be Paying

Some consumers can pay as much as two-thirds of their pension in fees during their lifetime – how can you be sure you’re not paying extra charges?
Pension Fees

Some consumers can pay as much as two-thirds of their fees during their lifetime – how can you be sure you’re not paying extra charges?

You already pay an annual management fee to your pension provider, but there are various other extra fees you might be paying without even knowing it.

Your annual management fee is usually set as a fixed amount, or as a percentage of the value of your pension fund. This charge covers the costs of administering the fund and investing your contributions. However, this may not be the only fee you are expected to pay by your pension provider. Additional charges are often hidden from the consumer, either through fine print or jargon, and can have a significant impact on your pension funds.

Here are just some of the outrageous pension fees you could be paying:

Service or Policy Charge

Service or Policy Charge

If you already pay an annual fee for the management of your pension, you may think you don’t owe your pension provider further. However, some pension providers include additional costs for the pension management fees of your fund, in the form of a policy or service fee, to cover administration costs1.

Contribution Fees

Contribution Fees

When it comes to extra fees, even topping up your pension could trigger a charge.

Did You Know?

Some pension providers have structured their fees to benefit when you put funds into your pension by taking a percentage of your contribution. This fee is usually in addition to your annual management fee.

Inactivity pension Charges

Inactivity pension Charges

This fee could apply if you are no longer paying into your pension scheme if, for example, you’ve changed jobs.

What Does This Mean for You?

The charge, while often packaged as a benefit or ‘active member discount’, is actually a penalty applied to those who are no longer contributing.

Exit Fees

Exit Fees

All these potential fees may make you look at alternative pension providers – but be warned, moving your pension may also trigger a charge. There are costs associated with moving your funds, and most schemes will charge for this. However, some providers will charge much higher fees should you want to move to another pension provider.

In Other Words

Should you want to move your pension from one provider to another, you may be expected to hand over money in a payment or lose some of your pension value to a fee.

Platform Fees

Platform Fees

This charge is included by some schemes, for using their services. Most investors move and hold funds using websites (or platforms) with various capabilities. Depending on your pension scheme, the fees for using these sites could be passed to you in additional charges.

Got Questions? Check These First

What Impact Can Fees Have on My Pension?

What Fees Should You Be Paying on Your Pension?

How does My Annual Management Fee impact on my pension?

What other fees could I be paying on my pension plan?

In Conclusion

Additional fees can have a considerable impact on the size of your pension fund over time. Often, these charges are set at a percentage of your pension’s value, and they increase as your pension does. It’s vital to unpack what fees you are paying on your pension fund to ensure you take home the most benefits when you retire.

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