You are able to make tax-deductible retirement fund contributions of up to 27.5% of the greater of your remuneration and taxable income. Annual tax deductions are limited to R350 000. Your contribution options in respect of your Old Mutual salary depend on whether you are an “Office Staff” employee (i.e. on a Total Guaranteed Package pay structure) or a “Field Staff” employee (i.e. on a non-TGP pay structure that includes some commission component). Please select the appropriate option below:

Contributions for Office Staff are based on your full TGP. (In other words, your Pensionable Earnings equals your TGP). There is an Employer contribution of 3.5% of your TGP. You can set your Member contribution between 9.5% and 24.0% of your TGP. (Note that for Office Staff, your TGP includes the Employer contribution. The distinction between Employer and Employee contribution is primarily a practical issue related to benefits such as your disability cover). The options are summarised in the table below:

TGP Contribution Options

There are two opportunities to change your contribution rate each year, in April and November for most employees.

To make a change (when the option is available to you): Log on to Oracle HRMS → select My Self Service (ZA) → Remuneration Package Structuring → select Remuneration Package Structuring again → Update Benefits → Select the % contribution you want to contribute (Retirement Selection Employee). Remember to click on the Submit button and then the Finish button to ensure that your choice has been saved. A confirmation message will appear on the screen.

Contribution breakdown for Office Staff (as a percentage of Pensionable Earnings)
  Core Cover Full Cover
Total EMPLOYER Contribution 3.50% 3.50%
Made up of:    
Life Cover (GLA) premium 0.949% 1.300%
Disability Cover (PHI) premium 0.684% 0.684%
Funeral Cover premium 0.030% 0.030%
Administration & JMC/governance expenses 0.107% 0.107%
Balance directed to Retirement Funding 1.730% 1.379%
EMPLOYEE Contribution Between 9.50% and 24.00% Between 9.50% and 24.00%

Contributions for Field Staff are based on your Pensionable Earnings (PEAR), which is calculated using a special formula for each business unit. There is an Employer contribution of 12.0% of your Pensionable Earnings. You can set your Member contribution between 6.5% and 15.5% of your TGP. The options are summarised in the table below:

Non-TGP Contribution Options
There are two opportunities to change your contribution rate each year, in April and November for most employees.

How do I make a change?
Contribution breakdown for Field Staff (as a percentage of Pensionable Earnings)
 Core CoverFull Cover
Total EMPLOYER Contribution12.00%12.00%
Made up of:  
Life Cover (GLA) premium0.949%1.300%
Disability Cover (PHI) premium0.684%0.684%
Funeral Cover premium0.030%0.030%
Administration & JMC/governance expenses0.107%0.107%
Balance directed to Retirement Funding10.230%9.880%
EMPLOYEE ContributionBetween 6.50% and 15.50%Between 6.50% and 15.50%

We know that increasing your contribution rate isn’t easy, especially when times are tight! But even a small change can make a big difference. For example, each year at pay review time, try to increase your retirement contribution by 0.5%. You will hardly notice the impact on your take-home pay, but over the long time the impact is huge!

EXAMPLE: Thato, with a TGP of R10 000 per month

Each year at pay review time, Thato increases his OMEGS contribution rate by 0.5%, and he does this for the next 10 years. After 10 years, his contribution rate is 5% higher than it is at present. Thereafter, he keeps his contribution rate level.

  • After 10 years, Thato’s savings would be equivalent to R40,700 higher in today’s Rand value than they would have been if he had not made the increases.
  • After 20 years, Thato’s savings would be equivalent to R154 200 higher in today’s Rand value.
  • After 30 years, Thato’s savings would be equivalent to R350 900 higher in today’s Rand value.
  • After 35 years, Thato’s savings would be equivalent to R496 700 higher in today’s Rand value.

By simply increasing his contribution rate by 0.5% each year for the next 10 years, Thato would have saved an extra 4.1 times his annual TGP after 35 years!
Best of all, Thato’s extra R496 700 after 35 years would have cost him less than R175 500 in terms of take-home pay (in today’s Rand value). This is because of the benefits of compound interest and tax deductions.

Note: these calculations are for illustrative purposes only, and are based on a set of assumptions which may not play out in future.

We are very aware that there are many opportunities for you to save outside OMEGS, and we strongly encourage members to save as much as they can! A couple of things to remember:

  • A skilled and trustworthy financial advisor can be a great help so you can find the optimal way to structure your savings, and to ensure you are saving sufficiently to meet your financial goals.
  • You could consider an RA (Retirement Annuity) or a Unit Trust investment from a reputable investment manager if you want to save outside OMEGS, although there are also many other options which may also suit your needs.
  • If you are saving specifically for your retirement, consider using all of the opportunities to maximise your savings in OMEGS before you start saving outside OMEGS, because OMEGS is likely to be more cost-effective and tax-efficient than many external options.