Number of over-70 workers doubles in just a decade, new research shows


THE number of over-70s in work has more than doubled in a decade, research shows.

One in 12 older people have yet to put their feet up — five years or more after they would previously have retired, the figures reveal.

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The 498,000 total — 323,000 men and 175,000 women — represents a 135 per cent increase since 2009.

The rise is down to more older people trying to stay active or struggling to get by on paltry pensions, according to researchers from jobs site Rest Less

Site founder Stuart Lewis said: “Work patterns are changing. Gone are the days of working hard five days a week for four and a half decades before suddenly stopping and retiring cold turkey.”

The figures come from analysis of Government data on older people.

They showed most golden oldies are working part-time. But about a third of men over 70 still have a full-time job, three times the number a decade ago.

More than 53,000 over-80s are still working.

Mr Lewis added: “With far fewer gold-plated ­pensions around and ever- increasing life expectancy, many are actively looking to top up their pension savings while they still can.

“There is also a growing understanding of the many health and social benefits that come with working into retirement.”

And Stephen Clarke, from the think tank Resolution Foundation, said the Government should do more to support older workers.

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