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Radical change needed to tackle ‘unemployment trap’ leaving over a million over 50s out of work

Our new report calls for a radical rethink to tackle chronic worklessness experienced by the over 50s, with data showing this age group experience an ‘unemployment trap’.

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Evidence to explore how to help people transition into retirement

Ageing Better has commissioned a multinational team, led by Dr Martin Hyde from Swansea University to carry out a rapid evidence review and data analysis on the experience of the retirement transition.


Over 50 and out of work – giving hope to older jobseekers

Adrian is in his late 50s and out of work. He’s an experienced electrician, but has spent the past 10 years in and out of short term and zero-hours contracts. Adrian’s story is not unusual.

Interactive report

People are living longer

By 2024, there will be 18 million people aged 60 and over – 3.1 million more than today. More than one in four of us will be over 60.


Priority actions for better later lives

The government has an opportunity to address the challenges and seize the opportunities of an ageing population, to ensure everyone enjoys a good later life.

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