Work and Pay

Transitions after 50: Older People and Paid Work

  • Published 1st Nov 2000
  • Authors: Nick Donovan, , Cathy Street,
  • Category: Work and Pay

This review focuses on the attitudes and ensuing behaviour of employers, employees and employees’ families towards retirement, staying in work, or possibly seeking some form of new employment, on a part or full time basis. Older employees’ personal experiences, the knowledge or beliefs on which they make decisions about paid work and the pressures they may face, possibly from their families/dependents, were other important areas to be included.

The review considers all income groups and should encompass people taking early retirement, people who have moved frequently in and out of work and those who have been out of paid work for some time. Non-traditional forms of paid employment are also explored – however this does not include any voluntary activities, for which a separate literature review has been commissioned. Similarly, the review does not include a detailed review of literature on taxes, benefits and pensions since is  being undertaken separately.

Finally, the review highlights any significant gaps inthe existing literature and provides some preliminary thoughts on possible policy implications.

About this report
This report was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and written by Nick Donovan and Cathy Street. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.