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Wednesday 29 August 2012

Economic circumstances 'making older women work longer'

A business expert has looked into why more older men are in employment than older women.

Research by the Resolution Foundation has found that 72 per cent of older men are in a job role at the moment, compared to just 60 per cent of older women.

Dr Dianne Bown-Wilson, chief executive of In My Prime, believes that one issue is that the difficult economy and the fact that the state pension is received later now is leading to women having no choice but to work longer than what they once did.

"So those women who in the past wouldn't have needed to have worked and would have been coming into the retired statistics, are now still available to work and still needing to work," Ms Bown-Wilson pointed out.

The Resolution Foundation report also highlighted that the UK ranks 15th out of 34 OECD countries for older workers, with the country 15 percentage points behind the top five nations.

However, Ms Bown-Wilson underlined: "What I do want to stress though is that it isn't a battle between older people and younger people. I think the real issue is that employers have to think about their fairness in employing people."

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Posted by Richard Esquilant

Via: Salespeak News

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