A phased, flexible retirement is now the reality for the majority of employees, with 32% of respondents to a survey by Aegon expecting to stop work completely at retirement age.
Last year, 34% expected to stop work completely.
The survey, which questioned employees in 15 countries and is the third-annual survey by Aegon, found that there is still a strong need for people to save for retirement.
The aggregate Retirement Readiness index score — a measure of how well participant expectations of retirement are likely to be fulfilled — of the 14,400 full-time employees surveyed was 5.8 out of 10, an improvement on last year's 4.89 and on 2012's 5.19 score. Employees from emerging markets scored highest, with India at 7 out of 10, followed by Brazil with 6.8 and China at 6.2. At the bottom of the pack was Japan, at 4.6.
However, despite the improved score, Aegon found that people remain unsure that they will have what they consider a comfortable retirement.
Only 19% of respondents were “very” or “extremely” confident that they could retire with a comfortable lifestyle, while 34% are pessimistic about having enough money to live on once they leave the workplace.
Europe was particularly low on the confidence figures, with just 6% in France being very or extremely confident of a comfortable retirement, and 4% in Poland.
Participants are also worried that they will suffer a less comfortable retirement than current retirees, with Europe and North America particularly concerned.
The report recommended that making retirement planning easier is the key to combating these concerns and will encourage more saving.
There was also support among employees for automatic enrollment — 63% of participants said the prospect is “appealing.”
The survey was conducted in January and February in collaboration with the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and covered 16,000 employees and retirees in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. and U.S.