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Employment transitions of older workers

The role of flexible employment in maintaining labour market participation and promoting job quality

By Stephen Lissenburgh and Deborah Smeaton


Mar 19, 2003

Page count

52 pages





297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
Employment transitions of older workers

The experience of an abrupt and often premature departure from work can leave individuals feeling disorientated and disappointed and can prevent their valuable economic potential from being tapped.

This report explores the possibilities of more flexible forms of work that bridge the gap between a steady career job and retirement. It examines such jobs in the wider context of the types of transition that are being made by people leaving work early.

Transitions after 50 series

People are living longer, yet increasingly are leaving working life well before the state retirement age. The Joseph Rowntree Fountain programme, Transitions after 50, explores people's experiences, decisions and constraints as they pass from active labour market participation in their middle years towards a new identity in later life. Reports in this series look in particular at issues about work, income and activities beyond work during this period of transition.

For other titles in this series, please follow the series link from the main catalogue page.

"... readable and well-presented research findings of interest to students and policy-makers concerned with work-retirement transitions in the United Kingdom." Ageing & Society

Contents: Employment transitions of older workers: introduction; Movements out of permanent full-time employment; Movements into flexible employment; Flexible employment: good jobs or bad? Conclusions and policy implications.

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