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The timing of retirement – evidence on changing patterns of retirement in UK

About the speaker

David Wright is currently completing a part-time PhD at Brighton Business School comparing the employment of older people in the UK and Germany.  He has presented papers at the University of Duisburg-Essen, DIW-Berlin and in 2016 visited the Universities of Bremen, Cologne and Frankfurt thanks to a Santander Travel Grant.  Previously, he worked for Age UK as a social researcher, for the National Centre for Social Research as a fieldworker and for BT as an IT Programme Manager.  His academic qualifications include a BSc in Maths and Physics from Durham, an MA (Oxon) in Theology and an MBA from Sussex.


“Is retirement over?” asked BBC World Service in August 2016.  “Have we reached the age of no retirement” asked The Telegraph in June 2016.  Certainly, increases in State Pension Age and changes to occupational pension schemes are encouraging individuals to work longer.  Since the abolition of mandatory retirement age in 2011, most people have choice over the timing of their retirement.  Their decisions tend to be influenced by factors such as the size of pension, health and family circumstances and whether their employer is offering early retirement.  Qualitative research has found that many people would like gradual retirement - reducing their hours, for example to allow time for family caregiving.  However, this is not feasible in all jobs and most people continue in the same work until they retire, are made redundant or suffer a health crisis.  A small but increasing proportion are working a few years after retirement age.  However, these individuals tend to have either high education and well paid jobs or work in low pay and low quality jobs to make ends meet.  This presentation compares quantitative data on recent generations of men and women to show how retirement patterns have changed and offers some policy suggestions.

This event is part of a seminar series:

Seminar Series ‘Financial Planning For Later Life in the UK’

Michaelmas Term 2016 Seminar Series ‘Financial Planning For Later Life in the UK’ Thursdays at 14:00 – 15:30 Seminar Room: 66 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PR Convener: Kenneth Howse   The series will focus on individual behaviour and decision-making for the achievement of financial security in later life. The aim is to invite presentations reporting up-to-d...

Event Details

17 November 2016 14:00 - 15:30


Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

66 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PR