Over 50s at work are #OlderNotOver!

#OlderNotOver is a new campaign launched here to re-imagine the 50 to retirement generation as a valuable resource in the workplace. Over 50s at work are #OlderNotOver! The #OlderNotOver challenge The challenge is three-fold: We need to recognise the value and potential of over 50s already in the workplace. We need to find the over 50s currently outside the workplace who want to return, re-connect them with employers and training, and relaunch their careers. We need to ensure work for over 50s is sustainable, with continuing opportunities to progress and support that suits them. What’s the problem? ‘Old dogs’ and...

Work after 50 and the Goldilocks phenomenon – the search for ‘just right’ work

I bumped into an acquaintance today who told me that he has just stepped away from his highly senior, highly paid City job. His story made me think that, after 50, we can find work ‘too hot’ or ‘too cold’, but struggle to find work which is ‘just right’ – a Goldilocks phenomenon. Stories of work after 50 Just into his 50s, my acquaintance had found that what initially looked like a golden opportunity had rapidly turned sour – ultra-long hours, heavy travel needs, invasion of vacation time. Friends and colleagues cautioned that this stage in a career was the...

Career breaks and the 50+ generation

The New Middle Age blog took a break over the summer – time out to help my 16 year old twins transition into 6th Form – and evidence of the ‘long tail’ on the childcare/work conundrum! As I work for myself, with no employer/funder/client issues as yet, this was relatively straight-forward. Short hours on social media and website maintenance sufficed. But it has made me think again about the issues around career breaks and the 50+ generation. The 21st Century Career Break Evidence is building that career breaks, and flexible working more generally, are increasingly important for all employees. A...

Let’s talk about retirement

‘Do Not Go Gentle’ This week’s British Society of Gerontology Conference at Swansea was entitled ‘Do Not Go Gentle’, a sentiment absolutely encapsulated by the WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) women who also this week took such exception, quite righty, to the advice of Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman MP that women who had been caught out by changes to SPA should start an apprenticeship (report here). For WASPI, the complaint is that they have not been given equal time to men to make adjustments to compensate for the pension reforms – which they support. They recognise that reform is...

It’s time for public policy action on the issues of New Middle Age

New Middle Age has identified key issues for the 50 to retirement generation and looks to public policy makers to deliver policies to support lasting and sustainable change. We need policies to address key emerging trends: increasing longevity and better health; age related inequalities; and the complex area of over 50 employment, productivity and training. It’s time for public policy action on the issues of New Middle Age. New Middle Age challenges public policy makers to deliver for the 50 to retirement generation. New Middle Age calls for the recognition of a new generation – from 50 to retirement, whenever that may...

The Budget 2017 – What’s in it for those in New Middle Age?

This was a low-key, pre-Brexit Budget, focused primarily on supporting families and improving the outlook for our young people. But there were also some interesting features for the 50 to retirement generation – both good and bad. New Middle Age takes a look. The main rate of Class 4 NICs for the self-employed will increase by 1% to 10%, with a further 1% increase in April 2019. This change will increase national insurance costs for self-employed people with profits of more than £16,250, and will raise an average of 60p per week per self-employed person. This measure risks discouraging people from...