For the first time, the majority, 55%, of Fortune 100 companies now offer new salaried employees only a defined contribution plan, according to Watson Wyatt. This is up from 46% at the end of 2007.
And even among the 45 companies that offer a defined benefit plan, 23 had a hybrid plan than combines elements of a 401(k).
Were entering a new world for retirement benefits, said Alan Glicksteni, a senior retirement consultant at Watson Wyatt. New and younger employees will be the first generation to rely on 401(k) plans exclusively for their retirement savings. Its a big burden for them to carry, as recent events have made all too clear.