Default Retirement Age: employer qualitative research: research summary: summary

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Thomas, Andrew; Pascall-Calitz, Juliet
Date of publication
1 July 2010
Research report; 672
Employment, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Summary of a report presenting the findings from qualitative research that explored employers’ retirement practices and views about the Default Retirement Age. The report is based on 54 interviews across 40 employers that had experience of retiring an employee, selected according to their size, industry, whether they had adopted a compulsory retirement age and whether they had used the statutory retirement process.

The research covered employers’ views about employing older workers, recruitment, retention and promotion in relation to older workers and their processes for retiring employees. The research also explored employer’s understanding and views about the Default Retirement Age legislation, its impact on their organisation and whether it should be retained or abolished.

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