Encouraging labour market activity among 60-64 year olds

Vickerstaff, Sarah and Loretto, Wendy and Billings, Jenny R. and Brown, Patrick R and Mitton, Lavinia and Parkin, Tina and White, Phil (2008) Encouraging labour market activity among 60-64 year olds. Department for Work and Pensions, 166 pp. ISBN 978 1 84712 441 8. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This research aimed to explore in some detail the attitudes and behaviours of people aged 50-64 towards work and retirement. The principal objective was to better understand what incentives, support or policy development might encourage people, especially those aged 60-64, to extend their working lives by staying in work longer or by returning to work if they had left the labour force. The research sought to answer the following questions: 1 What barriers to working exist for 60-64 year olds; and how personal, structural and cultural factors interact to depress their labour market participation? 2 What incentives would particularly help working among this age group? 3 How the labour market opportunities of State Pension Age (SPA) equalisation can be maximised. 4 How barriers to working might be removed. In common with other studies of work and retirement, we found a wide diversity of attitudes, circumstances, behaviours and intentions. Overall there was only limited appetite for extending working lives. A common feature among those who were working after retirement, or those who were considering extending their working lives, was a preference for flexible working. Part-time or casual work were the most common forms of flexible working in practice. The importance of flexible work opportunities for retaining older workers in the labour market was reinforced.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Additional information: Research Report no. 531: A report of research carried out by the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent in conjunction with The University of Edinburgh Business School on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC952 Geriatrics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Patrick Brown
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2009 10:02 UTC
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 11:26 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14682 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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