Extending working lives

Extending Working Lives

The study is to be headed up by Professor Sarah Vickerstaff of the University of Kent and will include a team of experienced researchers from a number of academic institutions around the UK. It will explore the various transitions from work to retirement which have undergone radical transformation over the past few decades. 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.

A review of the research literature on the extension of working life has identified a variety of factors implicated in individual decision-taking. These include: health status, pension provision, caring responsibilities, opportunities for flexible work and other external and individual factors. The aim of this study is to contribute to knowledge about the processes and factors which exert influence on working in later life with the aim of enhancing policy development and employer practice.


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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