Shy of Retiring

It used to be so simple: on the day of your 65th birthday work colleagues would gather around the photocopier to give you a rousing send-off.  You’d then go home, slip into a beige cardigan and embrace retirement. 

In the last ten years, the number of people aged over 65 who are still working has increased from 500,000 to 1,300,000 (ONS, September 2021).  One in eleven people aged over 65 are still economically active. 

In the current context of labour and skills shortages, older workers are an increasingly valuable resource but what motivates them to continue working?

Rob Williams, 71, St Helens, Merseyside