Work Until 70 Plus?

The prospect of working until at least 70 has raised its head again. Click here.

There are good reasons for this. The increase in life expectancy (for UK men now 77, in 1911 50) coupled with a longer time in education, makes it difficult to fund retirement. So the raising of the typical retirement age is inevitable.

The other point that is made in the Telegraph article is that work has its social aspect, and that this can have an effect on health.

What is not necessarily the case is that people will carry on the same job. Physical or mental demands, stress or time commitments may mean that it is not feasible. There is a growth in “pro-tirement” where people switch to more fulfilling, but not necessarily as lucrative, ways of working.

So expectations of how long your career will last need to be realistic.

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