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Number of Brits working beyond retirement 'doubles in 20 years'

Number of Brits working beyond retirement 'doubles in 20 years'
14th June 2012

The number of people staying in work beyond the state pension age (SPA) has more than doubled over the past two decades, according to new data.

Around 1.4 million people worked beyond the SPA in 2011, rising to a peak of 1.45 million in 2010, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

Workers were found to be far more likely to be working part time (66 per cent) and tended to be self-employed more often than younger counterparts.

Far more women than men worked beyond the SPA in the UK, although men in employment beyond 65 years old tended to be in jobs classed as higher skilled.

However, for two-thirds of women jobs were classed as lower skilled, with the most common jobs being cleaners and administrative assistants.

London has the highest proportion of older people in employment, followed by the south east.

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