Working Late

Strategies to Enhance Productive and Healthy Environments for the Older Workforce

A collaborative research project funded under the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme

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Dynamics of Later life working


For this section of the project 110 interviews were carried out with:

  • Employees over 50 years of age (51 Interviews)
  • Employers (20 Interviews)
  • Job seekers over 50 years of age (27 Interviews)
  • Recently retired individuals (12 Interviews)
These helped us explore the benefits and obstacles to working up to and beyond state pension age. In light of recent policy changes including:
  • Increases in state pension age
  • Changes in public and private sector pensions
  • The removal of the default retirement age
  • New age discrimination legislation
  • An increase in high profile age discrimination cases

Preliminary findings were validated and discussed at a series of four different panels of invited experts. The panel members comprised of HR professionals, OH experts, line managers, employment lawyers, trade union representatives civil servants, senior academics, practitioners and researchers in the disciplines of health and safety, health psychology and gerontology.

The presentation from these panels can be viewed here:

A series of stories and expert responses from the this section of the Working Late project are available to watch below: