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“The defined benefit pension landscape in Ireland in 2014 and the implications for private sector employers”

Glennon, Geraldine (2014) “The defined benefit pension landscape in Ireland in 2014 and the implications for private sector employers”. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The pension environment is constantly evolving. Increased longevity, regulation, globalisation, and demands for optimum organisational profitability all contribute to what has become a move away from traditional defined benefit pension schemes. In Ireland we are yet to emerge from the depths of a crippling recession which contributes additional complexity to the pension framework.

Given the prevailing climate, the aim of the dissertation is to examine the individual components of pension change as identified through the academic literature; namely the funding crisis for defined benefit schemes, the changes to the provision of state pension benefits, and the implications of these changes for individual pension schemes from the employer’s perspective.

The researcher aims to explore what this environment means in practical terms for Irish private sector employers, that is, to identify whether employers face specific challenges due to the competing requirements that on one hand they must remain competitive and profitable, whilst on the other they must manage and provide for their human capital.

The dissertation is exploratory in nature. The researcher has adapted an inductive approach based on the findings of semi structured interviews with a selection of employers, with a view to shedding some light as to how employers have adapted to the changing pensions environment, whether they have encountered specific challenges, and how they have dealt with the issues they have faced.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Pensions
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2014 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2014 11:00

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