Older workers

Older Workers in the Labour Market – 2012: ONS

  • The number working beyond State Pension Age (SPA) has almost doubled from 753 thousand in 1993 to 1.4 million in 2011.
  • The percentage of the older population in employment this too has increased from 7.6 per cent in 1993 to 12.0 per cent in 2011
  • In the final quarter of 2011, workers over SPA were more likely to be self-employed than their younger counterparts
  • Workers over SPA were twice as likely to be working part-time (66%) than full-time (34%)
  • Older workers are remaining with their same employer
  • A higher percentage of older people work in smaller firms
  • Of the 1.4 million older workers above SPA in the UK in the final quarter of 2011 around 39 per cent were men and 61 per cent were women.

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