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Abolition of default retirement age: 2 years on

by on April 23, 2013

Law firm Eversheds have analysed responses from 307 employers (recipients of their HR e-briefings) on the topic of  the abolition of the default retirement age (DRA). How has this affected them, 2 years on from its repeal?

The results of the survey show that very few organizations now have a policy of mandatory retirement for their employees (less than 3%). Most (72%) say they dropped their policies in light of the abolition of the DRA.

Interestingly, whilst over half (56%) say the repeal of the DRA has led to an increase in the number of employees working beyond age 65, only 6% report seeing an increase in recruitment of employees aged over 65.

So, at the moment, starting a new job in your 60s seems to be less likely than carrying on in the same one, or at least in the same organization.

More information on the survey available here on the Eversheds website.

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  1. Paula Fitzgerald permalink

    I took a preliminary look at the Evershed’s paper and, at first sight, I could not find clarity from them with respect to what industry/industries were involved in their survey (if any in particular) or information on the age ranges of the respondents to their survey, their roles, or incidentally, their gender.

    When I first looked at their paper my initial sense was that some of the conclusions the Evershed’s report presents were‘almost’ the opposite of what some of the Ng and Feldman’s (2012) meta-analysis on older worker’s stereotypes had to say. It also appears to go almost against some of the findings of a study carried out by Dr Grimland and Professors Baruch and Vigoda-Gadot (University of Haifa, 2012).

    Anecdotally, wasn’t ‘Eversheds’ the London law firm that was found guilty by the EAT in 2011 to have a discriminatory redundancy programme? The firm was taken to court by one of their own solicitors.

    I am not, by any means, trying to suggest that the ‘Eversheds’ survey may not be accurate but cannot help wondering whether their recent findings may be more ‘headline grabbing’ than the result of clear methodology and in-depth analysis.

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