Socio-economic inequalities continue to present challenges to the Government’s Fuller Working Lives programme, with many people forced out of work through a combination of redundancy, ill health or early retirement.
This one day conference for policy makers, hosted by the ILC-UK, will showcase new research findings from the Uncertain Futures research consortium led by Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, University of Kent and the renEWL research consortium led by Professor Jenny Head at UCL. The conference will examine the current barriers to extending working lives: health inequalities, work place practice, and the policy barriers that Government, business and civil society can work collectively to address.
Confirmed speakers include: John Cridland, Independent reviewer of State Pension age; Fiona Thom and Russell Taylor, DWP Ageing Society Strategy Leads; Professor David Armstrong, on behalf of the MRC; Nicola Lee, RCN; Peter Kelly, Health and Safety Executive; Caroline Abrahams, Age UK; Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, University of Kent; Professor Jenny Head, UCL; Dr Mai Stafford, UCL; Dr Charlotte Clark, QMUL; Professor Wendy Loretto, University of Edinburgh; Dr Ewan Carr, UCL; Professor Chris Phillipson, University of Manchester; and Dr Emily Murray, UCL.
Find out more here: http://www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/events/overcoming_inequalities_addressing_barriers_to_extending_working_lives
Wendy Loretto, Chris Phillipson and Sarah Vickerstaff have published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training looking specifically at the position of older workers http://www.oupcanada.com/catalog/9780199655366.html
Professor Sarah Vickerstaff published an article in the conversation on the subject of retirement and the effect on organisations of the rise in state pension age. You can read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/the-question-employers-are-wary-to-ask-when-are-you-going-to-retire-70971
Uncertain Futures’ Chris Phillipson was consulted by the Guardian for his views on the facts about flexible retirement and whether it is still a viable practice. You can read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/feb/06/flexible-retirement-age-state-pension-savings?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Presentations by both Sarah Vickerstaff and Chris Phillipson were very well received by the international audience at this year’s Gerontological Society of America symposium in New Orleans. Sarah’s presentation on Extending working women’s lives prompted the following tweet from Gerontology UK – “And a really excellent presentation it was too – fantastic research in this project”.
On 18th October Sarah Vickerstaff attended The Colloquium on Older Workers and the Lump of Labour Fallacy 0rganised by The Age and Employment Network. Sarah acted as a discussant for the proposal that the idea of a fixed lump of labour is an accurate one.
Chris Ball of TAEN has subsequently produced a blog of the days proceedings which can be viewed here: http://www.taen.org.uk/blog/view/167
Dr Mariska van der Horst and colleagues from the EWL project have published a paper in Work, Aging and Retirement on the Pathways of Paid Work, Care Provision, and Volunteering in Later Careers
The paper provides an interesting and insightful view of the interplay between multiple activity domains in later careers.
David and Wendy presented the findings of their study and how this had shown a need for flexibility in later working life to meet the needs of some to fulfill grand-parenting commitments.
Sarah Vickerstaff and Wendy Loretto gave a very well-received presentation on the subject of women and extending working lives with Sarah noting that those who started their careers at the age of 15 had already front loaded the extension process.
Members of the EWL team have been presenting findings from the project at the WES conference in Leeds this week. Yesterday David Lain and Mariska van der Horst gave a presentation on Later Life Careers in the UK and the results of their quantitative study.