UK: Working longer is becoming the `norm’

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Retirement is a thing of the past

An increasing number of people are working beyond state pension age as they take a gradual approach to retirement, according to a new report.

Research among more than 1,000 over-60s found that working longer was becoming the “norm”.

Only around a third of those at state retirement age were not working at all, with many others working part-time or taking on consultancy or voluntary work.

Insurance firm LV said it was clear from its study that many people were now taking a more gradual approach to retirement, slowly cutting back on their working hours rather than stopping altogether.

More than one in four of those working later in life were running their own business, while a third had switched careers.

One in six of those questioned said they had returned to work after retiring.

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Richard Rowney, managing director of life and pensions at LV said: “For many people, working for longer is a positive choice. Many people in their sixties and seventies enjoy their jobs and are keen to remain active in later life.”