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Living Longer, Working Longer: What does this mean for jobs in Wales?

Living Longer, Working Longer: What does this mean for jobs in Wales?

29th August, 2018

People are expected to work for longer than ever before, whether through choice or necessity.

With a rapidly ageing population, harnessing the skills and experience of older people is essential for a successful economy. UK and Welsh government policy aims to increase the number of older people in work and encourage everyone to work for longer. However, many older workers and job seekers face discrimination and a lack of opportunities.

Living longer, working longer is a research project being run by CADR (the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research) in partnership with Ageing Well in Wales to identify the key issues affecting older workers in Wales.

We want to talk to a wide range of older people across Wales, asking them about their experience of working, looking for work, self-employment and retirement planning. We want to learn about the barriers, obstacles or discrimination that they face, as well as any positive changes made to jobs and workplaces that support older workers.

We are running a series of listening events around Wales this autumn. Anyone aged over 50 is welcome to take part, though we are particularly interested to hear from:

  • People who have recently returned to work after a period of not working.
  • People who are currently looking for work or to change jobs.
  • People who have set up their own business in later life.
  • People who have worked for a long time in the same occupation or industry.

The findings of the events will be shared with everyone who attends, as well as being used to inform future research and policy.

There will also an opportunity for people to stay involved in this research as it develops.

Living longer, working longer listening events will be held at:

The Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research brings together researchers from Swansea, Bangor and Cardiff Universities to carry out internationally important research into various aspects of ageing. 

Ageing Well in Wales is a national partnership programme hosted by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. It brings together individuals and communities with public, private and voluntary sectors to develop and promote innovative and practice ways to make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone.

For more information, contact CADR on 01792 295 099 or at cadr@swansea.ac.uk.

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