Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP)

A tax-efficient way to save for retirement.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you're not sure about investing, seek independent advice. 

What is a SIPP?

A self-invested personal pension (SIPP) is a type of tax-efficient personal pension that usually offers you access to a wider choice of investments than other types of pension.

  • You won’t be restricted to pension funds offered by any single pension provider, but instead can invest in a broad range of investments from a range of different providers
  • Your returns from investments within a SIPP are protected from income tax, tax on dividends and capital gains tax (CGT)
  • You can pick from a wide range of options when you take your pension benefits, including a cash lump sum, a flexible or fixed level of income – or you can combine multiple options.
  • You’ll receive tax relief at your marginal rate on an Annual Allowance, which for most people is £40,000 or 100% of your earnings, whichever is lower1. Find out more in our short video.

A SIPP may be right for you if you’re confident making your own investment decisions and managing your pension payments against the relevant allowances.

Barclays SIPP explained

There’s no denying the value of a pension.

Building a decent fund today can make a real difference to the life you live tomorrow.

But some pension plans offer a limited choice over where your money is invested.

And you may be restricted to the funds offered by a single provider.

There is another way.

A SIPP is a type of personal pension that offers you access to a wider choice of investments than some other pensions.

It can give you greater control over your how your retirement savings are invested, to help you achieve your retirement goals.

So what does that mean in reality?

Here’s your simple 5-step guide:

With a SIPP you have a huge range of investment options to choose from – including unit trusts, investment trusts, bonds, and shares.

So you can build a portfolio to suit you.

You’ll enjoy the same great tax benefits with a SIPP that you get for other pensions.

Because your SIPP is effectively a tax wrapper, your investments can grow free of income tax and capital gains tax.

And the taxman will top up any contributions you make up to certain limits with tax relief – which can give your pension pot a real boost.

You get the first 25% of the pension back tax-free too, with the balance then treated as income and taxed according to your personal circumstances.

Just bear in mind that pension and tax rules can change, and their effect on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

Keeping tabs on your investments is easy, with everything in one place, and 24/7 online access allowing you to track performance and manage your portfolio wherever, whenever.

But what if you’ve got existing personal or workplace pensions?

No problem.

If you’re an active member of other pensions, you can run a SIPP alongside them.

If they are in respect of former employments, you can bring them together in one place.

You might want to take independent advice as you weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of doing so.

And, if they choose to, your current employer can even make contributions to the SIPP too.

SIPPs aren’t for everyone.

A SIPP could be right for you if you’re comfortable choosing and managing your own investments and keeping track of the relevant pension allowances.

Remember the value of investments held in pension arrangements can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you invest.

If you're unsure, please seek independent financial advice.

To find out more about how a SIPP can empower you to take control of your pension, simply search ‘Barclays SIPP’ to learn more.

The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you invest.

We don’t offer tailored financial advice, so if you’re not sure about investing or how a pension works, seek independent advice. Tax rules can change and their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances. Remember that you can’t access your pension savings until you reach the age of 55, though this could rise. The Government is currently consulting on increasing the age limit by two years to 57 from 6 April 2028.

Why choose the Barclays SIPP?


Barclays has more than 325 years of history and expertise in banking and investments

Our SIPP is provided and administered by AJ Bell, an award-winning pension provider. They will reclaim any basic rate tax relief you’re due on contributions, make income payments to you and generally ensure that your pension runs properly

Smart Investor provides access to tools, articles, videos and research to help you make your investment decisions and we will process your dividend and income payments.


Pay lump sums into your SIPP, or make regular contributions, whichever suits you best

Choose where to invest from Smart Investor from over 2,000 funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), investment trusts and shares

Manage your pension online whether you’re at home or on the go

Transfer existing pensions into a Barclays SIPP, potentially giving you access to a wider range of investment opportunities. Before transferring check that you won’t be giving up any valuable benefits from your existing pensions, that our SIPP administration charges aren’t higher than your current pension plans, and you won’t be liable for an exit penalty by your current provider. See our SIPP Factsheet [PDF, 1.7MB] for more information.


Live Chat online support should you need any help or information

Contact us by telephone if you want to talk to someone about your SIPP with Smart Investor.

Apply for your Barclays SIPP

Log in to apply

If you have a Barclays Investment Account, Investment ISA or use Barclays Online Banking with a current account, just log in to apply for a Barclays SIPP.

Apply without logging in

If you don’t have a Barclays Investment Account or Investment ISA, and don’t use Barclays Online Banking with a current account, you can apply for a Barclays SIPP without logging in.

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What are the SIPP fees?

Our fees are transparent, so you can clearly see what you’re paying for.

The monthly Customer Fee (0.2% pa for funds and 0.1% p.a. on other investments) paid to Barclays Smart Investor is calculated based on the value of your entire portfolio, excluding cash. This fee covers the running of your investment account. You’ll also pay a transaction fee each time you buy or sell an investment. 

In addition to the Customer Fee above, there is a SIPP Administration fee. All SIPP accounts pay an AJ Bell Administration fee of £31.25 plus VAT per quarter, or part of a quarter (£125 + VAT p.a).

Other fees may apply depending on whether you’re still contributing to your SIPP or actively drawing from it. See full list of SIPP fees here. [PDF, 522KB]

How are the fees paid?

The fees can be collected from available cash within your portfolio and Barclays will pay the SIPP Administration fee to AJ Bell directly. No part of the Administration fee is kept by Barclays.  If you prefer, you can instruct us to collect your Smart Investor fees from your nominated bank account, rather than your SIPP.

Depending on your activity, additional SIPP charges may apply. You’ll only pay fees that relate to how you manage your SIPP.

View a full list of SIPP fees [PDF, 522KB]

Transfer pensions to us

If you have pensions elsewhere, you can transfer them to us at any time – but before you start, you’ll need a Barclays SIPP.

Transferring a pension doesn’t affect its tax-efficient status, but you should make sure that you're aware of all the risks and drawbacks involved. Transferring existing pensions to your current employer’s pension scheme may be your best option, particularly if it offers the investment choices you’re looking for, as you’re likely to pay lower charges.

We will not accept transfers of defined benefit pensions (e.g. final or average salary pensions) or schemes that include safeguarded benefits (such as guaranteed annuity rates). If you’re unsure whether to transfer a pension, seek professional independent advice.

Read an explanation of drawbacks and risks to be aware of when transferring pensions [PDF, 1.7MB]

Learn more about SIPPs

Types of pension

Pensions can seem complex and daunting, especially if you’re new to them. But there are lots of options available to suit individual needs and circumstances. We take a look at the main types of pension and explain how they work.

What is a SIPP?

If you’re looking for greater control over how your retirement savings are invested, and you have investment expertise and the necessary time then a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) could be worth considering.

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