Employment over 50

A lot of people either retire in their fifties or are sadly made to take early retirement whether they like it or not. Some have adequate pensions but we discuss pensions here for those who need it. Some will either retire and start their own business or just start their own business as a sideline so that they are ready for retirement from their “day job” when retirement comes. More information can be found on starting a new business here.

According to Age UK employers used to be able to force workers to retire at 65 (known as the Default Retirement Age), but this law was scrapped in April 2011, following one of their campaigns. This means that you can keep working beyond 65 if you want or need to and of course if you work for yourself there is no age limit.

See below for useful links

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List of useful links for information

Older workers: rights at work 

Citizens Advice: Age Discrimination

Health and safety for older workers 

Age discrimination (ACAS)

Ageism at work 

Countering Ageism: Are You Using Age-inclusive Language?

Age Discrimination Examples and What You Need to Know. (Age Discrimination Act 2006) 

Professor at Oxford University wins case for unfair dismissal due to age

9 Job Networking Mistakes to Avoid in Your 50s

27 Most Lucrative Side Hustles for People Over 50