Having an interesting time listening to the ‘Money Box’ radio programme on people who are trying to either re-join the workplace after retirement/redundancy or wanting to work after reaching pension age.
In most cases, this seems to be people who fit into the following categories:
- People who have been made redundant – used their redundancy to live on and have a break and are now trying to get back into work. (They are finding that they cannot get a job due to age discrimination…hard to prove!)
- People who need to continue to work – they have a pension but it isnt good enough to live on and need the extra money.
- People who are being made to retire – compulsory redundancy ages. This is unlawful. The exception are people doing physical jobs as it is within the law to force you to retire. It would need to be done under a medical test rather than just on age alone. They would need to prove that you are physically unfit to perform the job then they can force you to retire.
- People considering contracting/self-employment as a way of re-entering the workplace.
- People delaying their state pension – they are working and want to continue to work, delay taking their pension to enable it to increase so they can retire later once they can reach a decent pension amount.
I am not at that stage yet, I am only late 40s and already hitting employment issues as people are not interested in recruiting me unless I have the ‘exact’ experience. I am having to network to see if there are any work options available. I would like to work for a few months each year and have time off in between work placements. I have written off the possibility of a permanant locally based job as there just doesnt seem to be anything around – scarce is not the word – more like rare.
A nice part-time job would be great but in the role I currently perform it is very rare to find a part-time job. I would therefore need to look at an alternative job role where my experience could be applicable or re-training would be required.
The expert suggests finding work via agencies to assist as this will help to prevent ageism that would stop you from entering the workplace when applying direct. Plus applying to DIY and garden centre chains as they are very receptive on taking on older people due to their experience.