‘Rookverbod kost werkgevers 10 miljard pond’

Als de rookverboden in Engeland succesvol zijn en er voor zorgen dat er 20% minder gerookt wordt levert dat de werkgevers in Engeland een strop op van 10 miljard Engelse ponden (14 miljard Euro).

Dat heeft het accountancybureau PriceWaterhouseCoopers berekend. De kosten worden veroorzaakt door de hogere pensioenuitgaven voor de werkgevers. Elk jaar dat werknemers langer leven kost de werkgevers 35 miljard pond, aldus de accountants.

If you are among the thousands of smokers resolved to give up the habit ahead of next summer’s smoking ban, you might want to spare a thought for your employer. While not smoking may be good for your health, it is not so good for the financial health of the company you work for.

New analysis from the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that the increase in life expectancy of employees that is expected to accompany the ban could cost British companies an additional £10bn in pension liabilities. The figure applies only to defined benefit pension schemes and is based on the assumption of a 20 per cent reduction in consumption – equivalent to the average smoker cutting down by two to three cigarettes a day.

Raj Mody, a partner at PwC, said: “There is some irony here. It seems with sponsorship schemes that behind every silver lining there is a cloud. . . This is the unfortunate paradox with pension schemes where the employer bears all the risk. Good news for members typically means bad news for sponsors. Companies sponsoring pension plans may want to have their own New Year’s resolution to review the risk-sharing balance in place in their pension design.”

Smoking ban is £10bn drag for employers

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