Employers’ group demands retirement age fixed at 65

The Employers Forum on Age (EFA) said it believes that the government’s decision to maintain a default retirement age of 65 with a review in five years is a “fudge”, as the Government has failed to make a decision.

EFA members proposed the introduction of a default retirement age of 65, but only as an interim measure,  to smooth the transition to operating without a mandatory retirement age altogether. The forum said that as the population gets older, a fixed retirement age is right for the UK in the long term.

Sam Mercer, director of the Employers Forum on Age, said: “Employers need clarity. Simply postponing the decision leaves everyone in the dark. After five years of debate we are no further forward and the same arguments will be made in five years’ time.”

Business has welcomed the age being set at 65.




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