Savers are being urged to “start early and save often” if they want to have a comfortable retirement.
Consumer watchdog Which? polled 1,590 retired couples in the UK and found they needed an average annual income of £18,000 to cover household essentials, such as energy bills, food and transport.
However, this amount increased to £26,000 per annum to fund additional extras, such as a European holiday and leisure activities.
Which? calculates that consumers would need a combined pension pot of £210,000 on top of their state pension by the time they reach retirement.
Those who begin saving at the age of 20 would need to contribute the least (£131 per month over 48 years) to achieve the targeted income of £26,000 by the average retirement age of 68.
In comparison, 50-year-olds would need to save the most (£633 per month over 17 years) to hit that target by the age of 67.
Gareth Shaw, money expert at Which?, said:
“When it comes to saving for your retirement: start early and save often.
“Being a part of your company pension scheme is a good start, but, depending on how much you contribute, you could well need to save a little more to have the lifestyle you want in retirement.”