Fewer living pay cheque to pay cheque, but long-term financial health
TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - This year's national employee survey, conducted by the Canadian Payroll
Association, finds that fewer employees are living pay cheque to pay
cheque. Although 42% would still be in financial difficulty if their
pay was delayed by even a week, this is down from 47% last year.
But beyond this slight improvement, the financial health of many
employed Canadians remains troubling.
Spending their pay cheque - and more
According to the survey, 40% of employed Canadians are spending all of,
or more than, their net pay.
The provinces/regions with the highest percentage of employees spending
at these levels are: Atlantic Canada (53%), Manitoba (47%),
Saskatchewan (42%), and Ontario (40%).
Low savings rate
The rate of savings remains low. Almost half (45%) are putting away only
5% or less of their pay. Financial planning experts generally recommend
a retirement savings rate of 10% of net pay.
Retirement savings gap
There is a huge gap between how much money people say they will need to
retire and how much they are actually saving for retirement.
Over the past year, there has been a marked increase in what employees
consider an adequate nest-egg for retirement:
fewer now feel that savings of $500,000 to $1 million will be sufficient
(30% this year, 34% in 2012),
while more think between $1 million and $2 million will be needed (35%
this year, 28% last year).
Yet the vast majority of working Canadians are nowhere near reaching
their retirement savings goals - 73% say they have put aside less than
a quarter of what they'll need in retirement.
And even among employees closer to retirement (50 and older), a
disturbing 47% are still less than a quarter of the way there.
Postponing the golden years
The gap between retirement needs and savings will likely force many
employees to remain in the workforce longer than planned.
Of those with a target retirement date, 35% say they'll now have to work
longer - 5 more years on average - than they planned five years ago (in
Payroll professionals can help
"Many employees know they have to save more," notes Charmaine Marsden,
CPA Chairman. "In fact, not saving enough is the top reason cited in
the survey for having to work beyond their planned retirement date."
Patrick Culhane, President and CEO, notes that "payroll professionals
can often help employees save by automatically directing a portion of
their net pay to a separate savings account and/or into a retirement
This is the CPA's fifth annual survey of Canadian employees. The survey
is conducted to mark National Payroll Week (September 16-20, 2013).
CPA Survey of Employed Canadians:
A total of 2,863 employees from across Canada, and from a wide range of
industry sectors, responded to an online survey between July 26 and
August 16, 2013, using a convenience sampling methodology. Respondents
to the survey were recruited by members of the CPA with whom they work.
This Canadian Payroll Association developed survey was conducted by
Framework Partners, a market research and strategic planning firm. The
survey is consistent with a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8% 19
times out 20, but as a non-probabilistic methodology was used a
definitive margin of error cannot be expressed.
About the CPA:
Payroll professionals in 1.5 million organizations across Canada are
responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate payment of $830
billion in wages and taxable benefits, $260 billion in statutory
remittances to the federal and provincial governments, and $90 billion
in health and retirement premiums, while complying with more than 190
regulatory requirements. The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has
influenced the payroll compliance practices and processes of hundreds
of thousands of employers since 1978. As the authoritative source of
Canadian payroll knowledge, the CPA affects the legislative processes
and practices of payroll service and software providers, as well as
hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large employers.
National Payroll Week recognizes the accomplishments of payroll
professionals and the CPA by building greater awareness of the size and
scope of payroll and its impact on employers, employees and government
SOURCE: Canadian Payroll Association
For further information:
Visit www.payroll.ca for a summary of the survey findings (under Media Room) and for further information. CPA spokespersons across Canada are available for interviews.
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