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Invitation to Tender for the experience of the transition to retirement: rapid review and data analysis

The Centre for Ageing Better has today issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a rapid evidence review and secondary data analysis to better understand how people experience the transition into retirement.

From our conversations with people in later life, we know that retirement is a difficult transition for some people. While some people look forward to retirement and flourish, for others, it means losing both the structure and social contacts provided by work and can cause loss of identity, purpose and social support.  Some people we talked to viewed retirement as an event that marks passage into old age; for these people, this was viewed in a profoundly negative way as signifying that you were “finished”.

We recognise that the concept of retirement is changing with the advent of trends such as portfolio careers and the increase in self-employment: some people are experiencing phased retirement; others retire and then re-enter the workforce at a later date; and others work flexibly in different ways in later life. Nonetheless, at some point, most people do stop paid work, and we want to have a clear understanding of their experience of this transition.

We have partnered with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch (CGF) and their Transitions in Later Life Programme to combine our resources to use evidence and innovation to create change in this area.

Ali Hawker, Senior Evidence Manager, Centre for Ageing Better said:

“Retirement is a time of change in many people’s lives. It can signify new beginnings and opportunities but can also impose constraints and result in feelings of loss. This research is a first step towards understanding what we can do to help people manage this life change.”

We hope that this project helps us to identify who finds the retirement transition difficult, the scale of the issue, and what resources may help prepare people for retirement and support an easier adjustment. The insights we gain will be used to guide practical action to improve the experience of retiring for those who find it difficult.

ITT Submission

  • Download the Experience of the transition to retirement ITT here.
  • The deadline for tender submissions is 17:00 on 18 September 2017.
  • To receive updates, or discuss questions about the project please register your interest by email: 
  • If you’re interested in individual sections of the project only, please get in touch to discuss options.