Nearly two-thirds of self-employed workers in the Netherlands – known as ‘zzp’ers’ – have expressed a “serious interest” in joining a collective pension scheme, according to a survey by APG subsidiary Loyalis.The income insurer said 60% of the 3,700 respondents said they were likely to participate in its new scheme, with 10% saying they would definitely join.The survey was conducted among the members of industry organisations Zelfstandigen Bouw, Stichting ZZP Nederland, PZO-ZZP and FNV Zelfstandigen.Loyalis said two-thirds of those expressing an interest in the scheme indicated they wanted to contribute a variable amount, depending on their annual turnover. It added that almost 17% wanted to limit their deposit to the maximum amount liable to tax deduction, while 12% said they preferred to contribute a fixed amount each year.Zzp’ers who said they would join expected to contribute an annual amount of €4,200 on average, whereas more than one-quarter planned to deposit more than this.They also wanted to accrue an annual pension income of €31,000 on average through the new scheme, and made clear they wanted to accrue an additional €11,000 on average through other means of pensions saving, according to Loyalis. Loyalis said it also found that a “substantial” number of zzp’ers had already built up pension assets, mainly through saving or investing.Approximately 36% had invested in property – usually their own home or business premises – while almost 30% had created a pensions reserve through an individual pension plan, annuity insurance or a tax-friendly life-course (levensloop) savings scheme.The collective pensions fund for the self-employed – announced by industry organisations in June – is to be launched on 1 January 2015.
ARCHERY Guyana has secured a historic first in achieving affiliate status with the National Paralympic Committee of Guyana.This achievement typifies Archery Guyana’s desire and drive to ensure that every Guyanese archer, however talented they are, be afforded the very best opportunity to excel and pursue their dreams and ambitions of participation at the highest levels of the sport of Archery.On Wednesday president of Archery Guyana, Mohamed Khan, and secretary-general, Vidushi Persaud-McKinnon, received the Certificate of Affiliate status from president of the National Paralympic Committee of Guyana (NPCG) Wilton Spencer and secretary-general. Beverly Pile.Spencer noted that the NPCG is internationally affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee and emphasised how pleased he was to grant affiliate status to Archery Guyana.At the moment Archery Guyana is the first and only affiliate sporting body to the NPCG.Khan noted Archery Guyana’s pleasure in achieving this status, as being not only ground-breaking, but also completing a circle of objectives desired by Archery Guyana.With this status every single Guyanese archer of every capability can now compete at the highest level in the sport of Archery.