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Achieving fuller working lives: labour market and policy issues in the United Kingdom

Phillipson, Chris, Vickerstaff, Sarah, Lain, David (2016) Achieving fuller working lives: labour market and policy issues in the United Kingdom. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 51 (2). pp. 187-203. ISSN 0157-6321. (doi:10.1002/j.1839-4655.2016.tb00373.x)

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom there has been a shift away from policies promoting early retirement towards an emphasis on extended, fuller working lives. This article examines the nature of policy change in this area and prospects for individuals remaining in work longer. Pension ages for men and women are rising rapidly and by 2028 are likely to reach 67 years. Cash benefits for those out of work before state pension age are becoming harder to access and incentives for working beyond 65 are being enhanced. In this context, restrictions have been placed on the use of mandatory retirement ages by employers. Employees have also been granted the right to request flexible employment. However, a lack of coordinated policy up until now means that important challenges exist with regard to extending working lives. Ill?health and low levels of qualifications limit the employment prospects of many older people, particularly among those in the poorest segments. Likewise, retention rates of older workers may have improved, but prospects for recruitment in older age remain poor. Policies focusing on the individual have also not yet recognised the extent to which employment in older age is influenced by the household and wider family context.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2016.tb00373.x
Uncontrolled keywords: extended working lives; retirement; older workers; United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Lisa Towers
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2016 09:02 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:31 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56124 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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