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UK / 46% Believe that older workers should retire for younger finds survey

Fears are growing that this could pit the interests of different generations against each other. Some younger workers fear that, even if they are not prevented from getting jobs, their career path will be blocked by older workers.

In the survey, 46 per cent of people agreed with the proposition that older members of staff should retire so that younger workers could have a genuine chance of promotion.

They questioned the contribution made by older workers, with more than half of those surveyed saying they believed a much older workforce would drain productivity – an argument challenged by anti-ageism campaigners.

Only 20 per cent of respondents believed employees would want to see older workers remain so as to learn from their experience, suggesting that many of those employed are unconvinced about the benefits that having older workers can bring.

At the same time, the survey indicated a growing acceptance that people would have to continue working for longer. The vast majority believed pensions would be insufficient because of longer life expectancy, with 81 per cent saying that as a result of living longer, more people would end their lives in poverty.

As rising long-term care costs drain retirement funds, two-thirds also believed that some people would be forced to work until they died. The survey was conducted by OnePoll for KPMG.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor

financial times

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3 thoughts on “UK / 46% Believe that older workers should retire for younger finds survey

  1. Here is an another interesting survey made on unhappy, stressed, felt undervalued and suspicious employees of the organizations… and what regular employees think about the workers working from home.

    Check out some important points like why people look for job change , why they feel undervalued, why they take on other employees

    Posted by Richardprarker | July 8, 2013, 3:05 am


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