Extending working lives

Extending Working Lives

The study has looked at a number of different aspects of extending working lives. From a period when individuals were encouraged and looked forward to retiring early we have entered an era when living longer is presented as an opportunity, or an obligation, to work longer and extend our working lives. The research has focused on four main areas:  first, a literature and policy review as much has changed in the last ten years (see outputs). Second, we have taken the long view of people’s work histories because the opportunities which individuals have in their fifties and beyond are conditioned by their earlier experiences, here we have looked at the 1958 Birth Cohort study as participants in this survey are now 58 (see outputs). Third, we have been interested in the extent to which work endings and transitions to retirement have been changing as there is lots of talk about flexible work being attractive to older workers along with ideas of phased or gradual retirement. Here we have looked at the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the American Health and Retirement Study as well as in a number of case study organisations (see outputs). Finally, we have undertaken five organisational case studies; interviewing managers and employees about their experiences in the workplace (see outputs). We are now working on the policy and practice implications of our findings.

Staff Profiles
  • Professor Vickerstaff
    Professor Sarah Vickerstaff
    This new project builds on her previous research on changes to the relationship between paid work and the life course, in particular at the end of ‘working life’.

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