Wednesday, April 09, 2008

United Kingdom: DWP Study Shows Retirees ' Unease at Retirement

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reports that less than half of Britons chose the word “happy” to describe how they felt on the first day of retirement: "evidence the traditional sudden stop approach no longer works for many people." According to the research conducted by Ipsos MORI, while 48% were happy and 31% relaxed, almost one in ten reported being sad (11%), anxious (8%), or lost (8%).

Pensions Minister Mike O’Brien commented:
The idea that one day you work and the next you stop can be a shock to the system. These findings challenge the traditional "one size fits all" approach to retirement. Many of today’s older workers are rejecting the cliff edge between work and retirement in favour of a gradual step down. And employers should help them to do this.
Gordon Lishman, Director General of Age Concern, responded in decrying the "ultimate 'cliff edge'" of the mandatory retirement age of 65 and said The "government must abolish this discriminatory barrier if it is serious in wanting to help older people to continue working." Charles Cotton, Reward Adviser at the CIPD, was reported as responding: "Both our own research and the report published today from the DWP show that people are increasingly eager to work past the default retirement age, for social, personal as well as financial reasons."

Sources: Department for Work and Pensions Press Release (April 8, 2008); Fair Investment Company "Pension and other worries tarnish retirement" (April 8, 2008); Age Concern Response (April 8, 2008); "New research strengthens case for older workers" (April 8, 2008)

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