The future of work

A quiet revolution is taking place in Britain where a million workers are now over the age of 65 and one in 12 of our OAPs are still in the workforce. There are also 8 million part-time workers of whom a quarter are men and though some seek full-time employment many are choosing to work shorter hours. This is partly the result of firms cutting working hours instead of making staff redundant, though sadly such commonsense is unlikely in the intransigent public sector. But it is also driven by our increased longevity whose problems and opportunities are becoming starkly clear just as the vast baby boomer generation starts to retire. I believe the fact that future generations will work for around 50 years is inevitably going produce greater employment flexibility with shorter hours at various stages of life.


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