∗∗∗survey completion deadline extended to Friday 06 May∗∗∗
DWP Surveys: Fuller Working Lives – helping individuals to make informed choices
THE SITUATION: We’re living longer, healthier lives, which is a good thing. But our ageing demographic is starting to have an impact on society – the number of young people leaving education won’t be enough to fill the jobs in a growing economy. Employers will increasingly need to employ and retain the skills and experience of older workers longer to remain competitive and avoid skills and labour shortages. THE CHALLENGE: Too many people aged 50 and over are leaving the workforce early resulting in many not having enough money to live on in their later lives. On average men and women leave the labour market earlier now than they did in the 1950s. Of the 2.5 million people aged 50 to state pension age who are out of work, only 700,000 see themselves as fully retired.
Leaving the market early in this way has a significant impact for the economy, for business and individuals
Supported by a number of employers and external stakeholders, the DWP is looking into how it might effectively share messages in order for people to understand the effect that working longer can have on their wellbeing and income in later life, so that individuals can factor that in when making their decisions to retire.
We want people to think about increasing the age at which they might stop working, or enable them to re-enter the workforce, by encouraging them to carefully consider a range of options for the next phase of their careers, highlighting the consequences of leaving work early.
These three surveys are aimed at people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. We would very much value your participation in the surveys, which will close on
27 th April 2016 Friday 06 May 2016 – if you would like to take part please click on the appropriate link below:
- For people in their 40s we would like to know where you would like / expect to find messages about options for working longer, and what might motivate you to start thinking about retirement. Please click on the link to complete the survey, which will take 5 – 10 minutes: Click here to begin survey
- For people in their 50s, if still working, we are interested in whether you have made a decision to retire, what or who will influence you to make that decision, and where you will go for relevant information. Please click on the link to complete the survey, which will take about 10 minutes: Click here to begin survey
- For people in their 60s if you have retired, whether you made a conscious decision to retire, and what or who influenced your decision. Please click on the link to complete the survey, which will take 5 – 10 minutes: Click here to begin survey