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Employer Benefits

The maritime sector makes a huge contribution to the UK economy, supporting just over £40 billion in business turnover and 185,700 employees*. It’s also responsible for 95% of our country’s imports and exports. This probably won’t be news to you. But do you know how much employment and recruitment in this sector is changing, and the importance workers place on a good pension?

Our recent comprehensive survey into employee attitudes in the industry revealed that 96% believe a quality company pension scheme is important.

Indeed, a quality scheme helps retain staff and makes an employer a destination of choice. However, firms face increasingly high levels of administration, red tape and compliance risk as they struggle to keep pace with frequent regulatory changes.

* Maritime UK/Centre for Economics and Business Research (September 2017)

  • An expert provider with a good track record

    Ensign will cut your red tape and help lower your administration costs

  • Not-for-profit

    We offer some of the lowest management charges in the pensions industry for your employees. All our profits go back into Ensign.

  • We know your industry

    Ensign understands the unique challenges and needs of maritime organisations and their people. We therefore offer a real alternative to the big, impersonal pension providers.

  • Auto enrolment compliant

    We offer employers a straightforward solution for meeting auto-enrolment obligations. Visit the auto-enrolment page.

Frequently Asked Question

It is a bespoke pension plan, exclusively for the UK maritime sector, which supports 185,700 jobs. With the sector rapidly evolving and the marine and shipping industries being the largest in the sector in terms of economic activity, eligible members can work at sea or on shore.

As the only dedicated plan for maritime organisations and their staff, it addresses all their particular needs. We offer a real alternative to the big, impersonal pension providers – with low transition fees and management charges well below those of competitor schemes.

Unlike many other pension providers, we are an independent pension fund with no shareholders to support. Our not-for-profit scheme is all about best outcomes for employers and people at minimal outlay. Our trustees have a combined 120 years’ maritime industry, trade union and pensions experience, representing both employers and employees. They therefore take a ‘people first’ approach – making certain that the Plan continues to deliver its promised benefits to employers and members alike. Trustees are supported by handpicked industry leading advisors and professionals.

The Plan boosts recruitment and retention by positioning firms as target destinations; accommodates often short-term, flexible working arrangements without extra admin/cost; offers a personal, knowledgeable service, which more general pension companies would struggle to match; delivers low costs and high returns and, as a not-for-profit, offers some of the lowest management fees in the pensions industry.

Most are obliged to, yes. Workplace pensions are a demand of auto enrolment legislation, which helps more people save for retirement. It requires every UK employer to put certain staff into a plan and contribute towards it. Crucially, they are also responsible for running ‘a good quality scheme’.

Ensign’s plan removes this burden and concern, ensuring that organisations not only meet all auto enrolment demands with minimal cost, but can sign up quickly and easily and deliver best retirement outcomes too.

No. When an employer joins the Plan, the contribution levels they pay for their members is set out in the ’employers’ benefit specification’ which has to be signed by both the employer and the Trustee. As such, the employer has total control over their contribution levels and the Trustee has no power to increase the required contributions. Some employers pay more than the 10%, some are on a journey path to that level, but this is totally in the hands of the employer and not the Trustee.

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