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What does work mean to us?

by on October 5, 2012

Today marks the very end of the effect of the transitional provisions of the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA). Or, as described in this article in The Independent, workers can now stay in work if they want, chosing when and if to retire. That’s the theory anyway.

The article features interviews with three people for whom complete retirement from paid work was not their preferred option, two of whom have been able to continue working though in different jobs to their earlier roles.

All three talk about the importance of paid work to them, not primarily in financial terms but in relation to issues of professional identity, being fulfilled, providing a sense of achievement as well as keeping busy and occupied.

As might be expected, there’s also an interesting set of reader comments, some of which go beyond the ‘lump of labour’ fallacy which almost inevitably ends up with one group of workers (here, older) being pitted against another (younger) in competition for a finite set of jobs.

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