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Middle-aged, work-shy and retiring soon? Well, here’s the bad news

The old 'three stages of life' reality is a thing of the past, and everyone's going to have to get used to it

Bruce Daisley

The three phases of life are increasingly a thing of the past.

Where once working lives slotted neatly into the model of education, employment and then retirement, the simplicity of that segmentation is being challenged by changing norms of the workforce. Increasing numbers of workers, nearing their long-imagined transition into retirement, seem to be actively postponing the moment at which they down tools.

Newly released figures from the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that there are over a million more over-50s in part-time work than a decade ago. And with nine out of 10 employers reporting difficulties hiring workers, there’s likely to be a growing market for their talents as bosses extend their searches to older people, including those who are willing to take on part-time responsibilities...

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