While 23% of both men and women participate in an employer-sponsored pension, fewer women have a personal pension (3% against 7%), with. (FRS T8.1)
Pensions: Male pensioners are better off and men are making better provision for retirement
It follows that women are making less provision for their retirement than men, with just 42% of women currently saving adequately compared with 49% of men.
As such the gender gap has continued to widen. The latest data shows the average savings ratio for women fell from 8.8% to 7.5% in the year to
, whereas for men it increased from 9.7% to 10.2%.
On average, male pensioners have higher incomes than female pensioners. Single male pensioners had an average net income after housing costs of £257 per week in 2010-11 compared with £211 for single female pensioners - a difference of 22%.
Housing Market Confidence: Men are more optimistic about house price prospects
Men are a little more confident in the outlook for the housing market with 39% predicting that house prices nationally will increase over the next year. The corresponding proportion of women forecasting a price rise is 36%.
Consistent with men being more confident in the prospects for house prices, a higher proportion of men (55%) than women (51%) think that it is good time to buy a property.
Men and women are very similar in identifying concerns over job security as the main headwind facing potential homebuyers, at 59% and 58% respectively.
Housing Tenure: Women more likely to be homeowners and less likely to be renting
Single men (53%) are less likely to be homeowners than single women (62%). They are less likely to own their own homes outright (30% against 47%), and more likely to be
buying with a mortgage
(23% against 15%).
It follows that single females (12%) are much less likely than single males (21%) to be renting privately.