Despite reports of a “savings boom”, new research by data analytics firm Kantar has revealed that British women saved an estimated £50bn less than men during the COVID-19 pandemic, with lack of confidence being cited as the main obstacle to women putting money away for the future.
What did the research find?
Britons saved an average of £154bn in the year to March 2021, as national and regional lockdowns cut commuting and spending costs, but Kantar’s data indicates that women saved significantly less than men during this period.
Women saved £2,628 on average in the year to March 2021, while men put away more than double that at an average of £5,335. Women were also less likely to utilise their savings by investing, with only 26% describing themselves as investors, compared to 37% of men.
Kantar attributed the figures to women’s lack of confidence, with a third of women saying they don’t invest because they think they don’t know enough about it. This increases to almost half (44%) of millennial women.
The findings come after a recent report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that women were 1.5 times more likely than men to have quit or lost their job during lockdown. With less money put aside, women left without a regular income could find themselves struggling to make ends meet.
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