Pension funds and active members

Pension funds

The statistical unit of the pension fund statistics is the pension fund. This should not be confused with a corporation, as the latter may have several pension funds. A pension fund may also insure employers from several corporations.

The number of pension funds (PF) continued to decrease until the end of 2021 to reach 1389 units (compared with 1434 in 2020).

PF proportions by risk coverage scheme in 2021
Risk coverage scheme
In percentage
Autonomous PF 37.3%
Semi-autonomous PF 56.5%
Collective PF 4.2%
Pension funds according to Art. 1 OPO2 2%
Source: FSO — Pension fund statistics 2021

Autonomous and semi-autonomous PF continue to be the main form of fund with regard to risk coverage scheme.

Active members

By definition, a person subject to the compulsory Occupational Pension Act (OPA):
- is subject to OAI contributions
- is an employee
- is paid an annual salary greater than three quarters of the maximum single OAI pension
- covered for risks of disability and death from 1st January following their 17th birthday
- has been saving for old-age from 1st January following their 24th birthday and
- has an employment contract that lasted or was concluded for a period of 3 months or more.

The number of active members is constantly increasing and was of 4 477 775 at the end of 2021.

Proportions of active members in 2021 by gender
Men 56.8%
Women 43.2%
Source: FSO — Pension fund statistics 2021

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Statistical sources and survey


Federal Statistical Office Section Occupational Pension Plans
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