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It can be difficult for workers who frequently change jobs to save money in a 401k plan. This dynamic has become more apparent since the Great Resignation.

Vanguard Group, one the largest retirement plan administrators, estimates that 14% of those who have saved in a plan 401k will be leaving their employer by 2021.

Vanguard reports that this share has increased from 10% to 15% in 2017 to . This includes employees who leave their company to pursue a new job or venture, as well as retirees.

In 2018, almost 48 million people left their jobs.

Employers increased wages at an unprecedented rate to attract talent, as record-breaking job openings rose. There has been a lot more churn in the labor market. This has encouraged workers to seek out new opportunities.

Many new employees are unable to save in their new workplace plans due to the mechanics of certain types of 401(k) If your employer offers a match to your401(k), it may take many years before your funds become fully owned.

Vanguard’s analysis on 1,700 workplace retirement plans containing five million participants showed that “participants change jobs frequently and could cause retirement savings interruptions.” “

Vanguard estimates that 72% (72%) of 401(k) plans allow employees to start saving as soon after they are hired in 2021. The rest required them to wait at most one month. 88% of these plans required a minimum of one year’s service.

Some companies require a waiting period before paying a match to their match to their 401k. 18% however required one year of service.

Matching contributions are usually “free money” from employers. Vesting is a method of determining when savers have full access to funds.

Vanguard reports 51% of 401k plans require at least one year of service before matching contributions can be fully available to participants. 25% need five to six years.

It is more difficult for workers to quit their jobs and accept work that will allow them to save for retirement.

Research shows that those who delay saving, particularly over long periods, tend to have smaller nest eggs when they retire. This is because investment earnings increase over time.

There are other ways to save for retirement than a company plan. Traditional IRAs, funded with pre-tax earnings, or Roth, have lower contribution limits.

Workers can contribute up to $25,000 in 2022. An additional $6,500 is available to those aged 50 and over.

Individuals with can save up to $6,000 in an IRA before 2022 and another $1,000 for people 50 years old or older.

Roth IRA contribution are subject to income limits. If you or your spouse are covered by a retirement plan at work, your traditional (pretax) IRA contributions may not be tax-deductible.