Why flexible working matters for older people

On 5 October 2012, we reached the last date that anyone will retire on the grounds of reaching ‘the default retirement age’. A change in the law in 2011 meant firms can no longer ask employees to leave on grounds of age alone.

So, if you wish, you can carry on working past your pension age. This is great news for people who enjoy their work, have the energy to continue, and/or need the income.

Flexible working has some great benefits for employees and their employers. It can lead to:

  • improved productivity
  • higher staff retention
  • increased skill-sharing
  • better customer relations.

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