Workers aged 65 and over in the 2011 census

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
25 March 2015
Employment, Older Adults
Social welfare
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This analysis looks at people aged 65 and over who were in employment at the time of the 2011 Census, highlighting regional and local variations. Using data from the ONS Longitudinal Study, a representative 1% sample of the population of England and Wales, it also focuses on the changing employment patterns of this group between the 2001 and 2011 Censuses.

Around 10% (934,000) of the population aged 65 and over were in employment in 2011, representing 3.5% of all people in employment. More than half (57.3%, or 536,000) of these older workers worked part time and more than a third (34.2%, or 320,000) were self-employed in 2011. In proportional terms these figures are much higher than for those in employment under the age of 65 (28.2% and 14.7%, respectively). had worked in a different industry in 2001.

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