Defined Contribution services

Managing your defined contribution pension scheme with First Actuarial

We are First Actuarial and we’re on your side

We help employers like you manage their defined contribution pension scheme, and support your people with their retirement decisions.

Managing a defined contribution pension scheme can be risky, and any problems fall too easily on ordinary people. At First Actuarial, we optimise DC pension schemes, reduce the risks and safeguard funds and savings.

No one works harder to improve DC pension schemes. We work with government, industry bodies, providers and employers to make pension outcomes better for everyone.

In our latest survey, 100% of clients using our DC consulting services were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of our advice.

Defined contribution pension schemes – This is what we do to help

We renovate workplace pension schemes

Many DC schemes are derelict when First Actuarial arrives ‒ We know what a good pension scheme looks like. We’ll overhaul yours and promote it to your people, so you can be proud of your workplace pension.

We’re the human face of pensions

Pensions are about people ‒ We’re set up to talk with your staff and restore their confidence in your pension scheme. We’ll provide the information they need and explain it to them so they can make informed decisions about their options.

We’re experts in auto-enrolment

We’re the only consultant in the Payroll Top 50 ‒ We set up the Pension PlayPen to help compare pensions, and we’ll give affordable support to tens of thousands of small employers this year.

We’re good at governance

We deliver compliant and cost-effective pension solutions ‒ The Pensions Regulator and the FCA have their eyes on your workplace pensions. We won’t just keep you compliant ‒ we’ll give you first-rate and cost-efficient governance.

We work hard to improve workplace pensions

No one works harder to improve DC pension schemes ‒ We work with government, industry bodies and providers to make pension outcomes better for everyone.

And this is what we don’t do

  • We don’t charge commission

  • We have no in-house master trust to promote

  • We’re not an IFA ‒ we won’t sell services to your members

  • We don’t cross-sell or upsell at every opportunity

  • We have no middleware to peddle

  • We’re not dogmatic ‒ our approach is flexible and practical

4 steps to DC pension scheme heaven

If you’re running a workplace pension, the chances are it’s a defined contribution scheme.
We can set you on the path to pension scheme heaven with these 4 steps:

Step 1

Choose the right workplace pension for you and your people

Step 2

Make sure everyone knows how the investment default works

Step 3

Put robust governance measures in place, and keep records

Step 4

Keep your people engaged with their accumulating pension pot

We’re actively looking to support more employers manage their workplace pensions

In our last two client surveys, 100% of employers rated our overall standard of work as excellent or good. If you would like to know why, get in touch. If you like what you’ve seen here, there’s nothing we’d like more than to have a chat.

Find out more about our Defined Contribution services

Download our Defined Contribution brochure.

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First Actuarial case studies

Hachette UK

Hachette UK, one of the UK’s largest publishing groups, turned to First Actuarial to help improve staff engagement with pensions.

“One of the things I like about First Actuarial is that they’re very responsive. You never have to chase them for anything. They’re pragmatic and cost-effective.”



The RSPB was determined to minimise the impact of its new defined contribution scheme on employees, and appointed First Actuarial to support the transition and select a provider with strong ethical values.

“I would definitely recommend working with First Actuarial. Their consultants went over and above the call of duty to make sure the project progressed smoothly.”


Bolton Cares

Taking responsibility for care services previously provided by a local authority, Bolton Cares turned to First Actuarial for help in setting up a competitive and affordable DC pension scheme for its staff.

“They’ve been really helpful and professional throughout the project, and we’ll use them again if we need specialist advice.”

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