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Voices of the unemployed

by on June 20, 2012

“I’m on the scrapheap”

“I’m 59, not 89”

“They want someone with my experience but half my age”

“I’m over-qualified”

These are extracts from an interview on the Today programme with former employees of a shop in Birmingham that closed 5 months ago. Interesting perspectives on job search from a group of different ages.

Listen to Michael Buchanan’s full interview for Today via this link.


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  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    Interesting statistics on work, age, and gender from the Office National for Statistics (ONS) in their report dated 13 June 2012.

    The article informs that the number of people working past retirement age has nearly doubled in the past 20 years (from 753,000 in 1993 to 1.4 million in 2011). It also observes that the numbers were relatively steady until 2000 but rose sharply after that to 1.45 million in 2010.

    The news release also points out that of the 1.4 million older workers above state pension age in the UK in the final quarter of 2011, 39% were men and 61% were women. About two-thirds of these men held jobs classified as ‘higher skilled” (property managers, marketing & sales directors, production managers, and CEOs). In contrast, women tended to hold ‘lower skilled’ roles where the most common job was cleaners, followed by administration assistants, care workers, and retail assistants.

    About 32% of workers above state pension age were self-employed, in contrast with 13% of those under that age. For the full ONS report, please see:

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