If you want a pension without needing to choose all of the investments yourself, then a personal pension plan could suit your needs.

This could help you build a retirement income if you do not have the option to save into a workplace pension.

Speak to an independent financial adviser to discuss your retirement options if you are not sure what type of pension to invest in.

Why choose a personal pension plan?

There are three main reasons to invest in a personal pension plan:

  1. You are not eligible for a workplace pension

  2. You are self employed

  3. You want to save into a separate pension fund to your workplace pension

Make sure you understand the risks of investing in a personal pension plan as you could see the value of your pension fund go up or down.

Picking a pension company

Our comparison lets you find a personal pension company by:

  • How much they charge you in annual fees

  • The number of funds they let you choose from

  • How much they let you invest

There are many other charges that apply when managing your own pension, so compare costs from each companies' website before you invest.

Are they better than workplace pensions?

This depends on the funds you choose, but due to the risk of all investments your money could go down as well as up regardless of the type of pension you save into.

There are ways you could benefit by saving into a workplace pension rather than a personal pension plan, such as:

  • Employer contributions: your employer may also pay into your pension, which is like getting free money in your pension fund.

  • Small or no charges: your employer will likely get a deal for a larger group of pension funds, meaning you do not need to pay any fees for savings towards your retirement.

Personal pension plan FAQs


Who is responsible for the performance of my personal pension?


You are, so if you are not sure how to manage it, speak to an independent financial adviser.


When can I withdraw my personal pension plan?


Usually when you reach 55, but check with your pension company as their terms and conditions may set a different age.


How much can I pay into my pension?


As much as you like, but only the first 40,000 you pay will be tax free. Anything above this is taxed at your level of income tax.


When can I start withdrawing my pension?


Usually when you reach 55. You can contact your pension company and ask when your pension withdrawal age is at anytime.

About our personal pension plans comparison


Who do we include in this comparison?


We include pension companies from our panel that offer personal pension plans. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Here is more information about how our website works.


How do we make money from our comparison?


We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.