Posted by: Admin | July 30, 2010


A cold drink + a warm dog = contentment?

It’s official – soon we will no longer have to retire at 65. From October 2011, companies will no longer have the right to lay off employees just because they have reached the age at which they are entitled to draw their state pension.

Cause for celebration, or concern?

My lovely nan, Kathleen (pictured) worked until she couldn’t work any more out of necessity, and I’m sure that there are many who will breathe a sigh of relief at the latest news. I have a good friend who, happily, has not been put under pressure to retire by her employer and is clearly valued and appreciated by him. The charity, Age UK, (the new name for the amalgamated Age Concern & Help the Aged) has been campaigning for the past four years to have the law changed, citing the benefits to both the individual worker and society as a whole of prolonging earning power.

On the other hand, as we discussed yesterday, at the other end of the employment market there is already talk of a “lost generation” of school leavers and graduates who are moving into a workplace with too few jobs to sustain the present number of jobseekers. Should older workers be willing to move aside for their grandchildren? Do we as a society want to force our ageing population to work until they drop?

Ultimately, economic necessity is the driver in the changes taking place in our workforce. The decimation of pension funds makes retirement a frightening prospect for so many. Since the contracting job market means that there aren’t enough tax payers to support the older generation, this debate can only be academic. I wonder, though, when we will have a proper exchange of ideas in this country. At the moment we seem to be sleep-walking our way into a future changed beyond recognition, a world where fixed term contracts, unemployment and working well into what was once retirement age is the norm. Is this what we want?

This week’s Saturday Interview is with photographer, Annabel Williams, who has some very interesting views on how to keep things fresh at work.



  1. Does this mean I can continue to wortk till Im 90???

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