Gradual retirement popular with older women

A
third of women over the age of 50 now plan to work beyond the state pension
age.

Almost
a third of the workforce between the age of 50 and 69 now want to retire
gradually by reducing their working hours before retiring fully.

A
survey of 2,800 employees by the Department for Work and Pensions found that
the self-employed were more likely to continue working, with 65 per cent
planning to retire gradually, compared to 25 per cent of employees generally.

The
Government hopes that its recent Green Paper on retirement will remove some of
the barriers prevent older people continuing or entering the labour market.

By
Ross Wigham

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