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UK statistics show rise of older workers

by on September 18, 2015

The Daily Mail yesterday reported on the rise in workers over 65 alongside debates at the 2015 TUC congress regarding concerns about increases in the state pension age.

Recent employment statistics showed 1 in 10 of the over-65s are in work with a 4.6 per cent increase in the number of over-65s in employment  in the last year.  The article reports that “Over the last year, the number of people in all age groups who were employed increased by 410,000, of whom an extraordinary 230,000 were over 50 and more than 50,000 were over 65

At the same time the 2015 TUC congress is discussing the issue of state pension age and the article reports many concerns about the pressure on older people to keep working.  The article reported the president of the National Association of Head Teachers, condemning the view that ‘if your heart beats for longer, you should graft for longer’ after a survey of teachers found that 2/3rds felt they would not be able to work beyond the age of 65.

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