Pensions: More and more people are also paying into pension insurance

An amendment to the law has permitted additional payments to the pension fund since 2017: more and more insureds are using this, for example, to retire earlier.


More and more people are voluntarily paying additional contributions to the statutory pension insurance in order to receive a higher pension at retirement or to be able to retire prematurely without discounts. This report the newspaper of the spark media group, citing numbers of the German pension insurance association.

After that, the sum of payments within the three years has increased more than eightfold .Fins in 2015 still 24 million euros in voluntary contributions to the pension insuranceBund, according to the report 2018 already 207 million euros. For all German pension insurance funds, the sum of contributions thus increased from € 31 million in 2015 to € 290 million in 2018.

The reason for the increase is above all a change in the law: since July 2017, insured persons can make such voluntary payments from the age of 50 and not - as before - from the age of 55.

The chairman of the pension insurance association, Dagmar König, welcomed the development: "The increase in voluntary contributions not only has a positive effect on the pension insurance finances, it is also a sign of the contributors' high confidence in the safety and profitability of the statutory pension" King.

ref: zeit