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More people aged 65 and over in work

by on May 16, 2014

This item on the CIPD website reports that there has been a significant increase in the number of people aged 65 and over in employment. The article cites Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures (I couldn’t find them) which apparently show an increase of 25,000 in those aged 65 or over in employment for the period January to March 2014, compared to the previous quarter. This is also said to represent a year on year increase of 107,000 for this age group.

The CIPD suggest that this supports the ‘widely held belief that the abolition of the default retirement age will fundamentally alter the intergenerational dynamics of UK workplaces’. That’s quite a sweeping assertion.

As ever, statistics tell more than one story. In looking for the figures referred to by the CIPD, my overwhelming impression was that those aged 65 and over do not make the headlines in the press release or video of the latest ONS Labour Market Statistics released on 14 May 2014. On the contrary, the ‘labour force’ seems to be represented as people aged 16 to 64.  But maybe I’m missing something!

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