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PQM Standards

PQM Standards  

The PQM Standards have been extensively revised and updated for 2019, reflecting changes in regulation and practice since PQM was originally launched in 2009. 

PQM is a PLSA initiative, which contributes to our mission to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement. PQM recognises high quality pension schemes which meet minimum contribution levels (12% of pensionable pay), good governance, good member experience and which encourage employees to save for their future.

In 2017 we invited responses from PQM holders and other stakeholders, and had in-depth discussions with pensions professionals, PQM assessors, and the PQM Board. We believe we have developed a set of Standards that are fit for 2019 and beyond.

The core principles of the new PQM Standards are that a pension scheme should have: a commitment from the sponsoring employer to enrol all employees at minimum contribution levels, an effective board, a good quality default investment strategy, an understanding of its members with an inclusive engagement strategy, and support for members at retirement.  The Standards also set out what we consider to be good practice, and the type of evidence that a scheme can provide to demonstrate that it meets the Standards.

PQM Standards  

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We were delighted when our DC scheme was accepted, as it provides external endorsement of the quality that we offer our employees. The work we are doing in promoting the DC scheme within Michelin is having positive results, with 90% of our employees choosing to join.
Colin Porteous, Head of Pensions Compensation & Benefits, Michelin