Money Purchase Plan

This is also know as a defined contribution pension scheme and is set up by your employer and provided by us to help save for your retirement in a tax-efficient way.

And with average life expectancy increasing, saving in a pension and topping it up could be a great way to help build up a larger fund for when you retire.

  • You can change your regular payments as well as make additional one off payments.
  • Contributions to a Money Purchase Plan qualify for tax relief.
  • Your employer can contribute to your plan.
  • You can invest your contributions in a range of funds.
Risks and considerations
  • This product is only available through select employers.
  • The value of any investment can go down as well as up and so you may not get back what you put in.
  • Tax relief will depend on your individual circumstances and is subject to change in the future.
  • Charges will continue to be deducted.

There are various reasons why you could consider saving into a Money Purchase Plan. For example:

  • Flexibility - subject to the scheme rules you can make one-off payments to top up your account, and change your regular payments at any time without penalty. Note that charges will continue to be deducted. You can also transfer your plan to another arrangement before you start taking your pension. This can be a complicated decision and therefore you should consider taking financial advice.
  • Tax benefits - saving in a pension is tax efficient. As contributions are taken from your salary you'll receive immediate tax relief on the money you pay into your pension. Subject to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) limits, each £100 you invest into your pension will only cost you £80 (as a basic rate taxpayer) as the remaining £20 that you would normally pay to the taxman will be paid into your account as tax relief instead. This will be higher if you are a higher/additional rate tax payer. You are also allowed to usually take up to 25% of your fund as tax-free cash when you retire. Note that pensions in payment are taxed as earned income.
  • Employer contributions - depending on the scheme both you and your employer can contribute to your plan - potentially boosting your retirement income.
  • Access to a range of funds - trustees of the plan make available a range of funds from which you can choose The range includes unit-linked funds from leading fund managers, as well as the Prudential With-Profits Fund. Bear in mind that the value of your investment may go down as well as up and you may not get back your original investment.

Contributions from your employer

In some Money Purchase Pension schemes your employer will normally at least match your contributions,  If, for example, you were to pay in £100 per month (including tax relief, subject to government limits), your employer would contribute £100 too. Matching your contributions in this way will depend on the plan rules, and if they do not match what you pay in, they may only contribute up to a certain percentage of your salary.

Tax relief limits

You can get tax relief on every penny you contribute, up to 100% of your annual earnings, with an upper limit of £40,000 (known as your annual allowance) in 2016/17. The government limits the amount that can be paid each year, to all pensions, before incurring a tax charge.  If you exceed this 'annual allowance' you may be liable to a tax charge and must tell HMRC through a tax return.

From the 2016/17 tax year, if your income exceeds certain thresholds in any tax year your annual allowance for pension savings in that tax year will be reduced – this is known as tapered annual allowance.

If you have flexibly accessed pension benefits on or after 6th April 2015 then your tax relief limits will be reduced. This is known as the Money Purchase Annual Allowance.

Further information on pension allowances can be read in this flyer. This is a complicated subject and you may wish to speak to a financial adviser or further information may be obtained from HMRC.

See more on the benefits of employer contributions. Additionally see our tax relief calculator to see how much money your pension contributions could get with the help of the tax man.

To learn more on the Money Purchase Pension please see the Money Purchase Pension Key Features.

Are you an existing customer?

See our dedicated Money Purchase Plan page in the existing customer section, where you can log in to your individual plan

If you already have a Money Purchase Plan, read about the benefits of topping up.

Contact us

Please speak to your employer to see if they offer an Money Purchase Plan with Prudential before contacting us.

0345 300 2634

Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 6pm

A pension scheme provided (sponsored) by an employer for its employees. Company pension schemes can be defined benefit schemes (final salary schemes) or defined contribution schemes (money purchase schemes).

The UK government encourages you to save for your retirement by giving you tax relief on pension contributions. Tax relief works by reducing your tax bill or increasing your pension fund.

Important information

We are not recommending one product over another. We recommend you seek financial advice if you’re unsure about what product could be right for you. The information above is based on our understanding of current taxation, legislation and HM Revenue & Customs practice, all of which is liable to change without notice. For more information please visit