Overcoming Inequalities: Addressing barriers to extending working lives | 5 April 2017

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

 

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EWL team members publish chapter in Oxford Handbook of Skills and Training

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

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Sarah Vickerstaff writes for the Conversation

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

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Chris Phillipson quoted in the Guardian article on retirement

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

 

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Sarah Vickerstaff and Chris Phillipson present at GSA 2016 in New Orleans

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”.

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Professor Sarah Vickerstaff takes part in a Lump of Labour event

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

 

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Research paper by Dr Mariska van der Horst published

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

http://workar.oxfordjournals.org/content/workar/early/2016/10/07/workar.waw028.full.pdf

The paper provides an interesting and insightful view of the interplay between multiple activity domains in later careers.

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Dr David Lain and Professor Wendy Loretto on grandparenting

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.

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Professor Sarah Vickerstaff and Professor Wendy Loretto on issues for women in longer working lives

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.

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EWL team present at WES conference

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.

 

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