Retirees are still more numerous in France


As of December 31, 2020, there were 14.7 million retirees in France, against 14.5 million in 2019, Retirement Insurance tells us in its latest statistical publication. 677,000 new personal pensions and nearly 196,000 reversion pensions were awarded in 2020, we learn from the latest statistical publication of Retirement Insurance.

In 2020, the average retirement was 769 euros per month

This is a logical consequence of our age pyramid: there are more and more elderly people in France, and they are living longer and longer. In 2020, the number of retirees in France reached 14.7 million, against 14.5 million in 2019. The average retirement age is 62.8 years. Among the 14.7 million retirees, 12.6 million (or 86%) have had an exclusively salaried career, 1.9 million have had a half-salaried, half-independent career (13%), and 175,500 retirees (1 %) have only been independent in their lifetime.

In 2020, retirees received 769 euros per month on average: 851 euros on average for men and 697 euros for women. The average amount of the survivor’s pension for women (linked to the death of the spouse) was 305 euros. 2.8 million people, including 2.5 million women, received a survivor’s pension in 2020.

In 2020, the vast majority of pensions were taken before the legal age

Among the pensions awarded in 2020, almost all (97.4%) were awarded between the age of 60 and the legal age. The amount of newly awarded pensions is higher compared to the average of pensions in payment: 774 euros (against 769 euros on average overall), or 875 euros for men and 681 euros for women.

On June 3, 2021, Emmanuel Macron estimated that the pension reform, suspended in March 2020 because of the health crisis, should be reviewed.This is a question we must collectively ask ourselves. I do not think that the reform which was initially envisaged can be taken again as it is. […] She was very ambitious, extremely complex and, suddenly, was a carrier of worry “, did he declare.