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European Experiences in a Neoliberal Era

More people are extending their working lives through necessity or choice in the context of increasingly precarious labour markets and neoliberalism. This book goes beyond the aggregated statistics to explore the lived experiences of older people attempting to make job transitions.

Drawing on the voices of older workers in a diverse range of European countries, leading scholars explore job redeployment and job mobility, temporary employment, unemployment, employment beyond pension age and transitions into retirement.

This book makes a major contribution and will be essential reading within a range of disciplines, including social gerontology, management, sociology and social policy.

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9 nIne Flexible work and older workers Wendy Loretto, Sarah Vickerstaff and Phil White Introduction In the context of the UK government’s aim to extend working lives and encourage people to retire later, the availability of flexible working arrangements, such as part-time work, temporary work or self-employment, has been flagged as important (PIU, 2000; DWP, 2002a, p 98; Phillipson and Smith, 2005, pp 49-53; see also Chapter Seven of this volume).1 The UK government has taken various steps to prolong working lives, including the establishment of an

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New perspectives

Across the world governments in mature industrial and post-industrial economies are concerned about the ageing population. Dealing directly and exclusively with the issue of older workers, this book brings together up-to-the-minute research findings by many of the leading researchers and writers in the field.

The duration and quality of working lives and the timing and circustances of retirement are of growing concern, especially in those cases where employers’ demands and imperatives clash with employees’ wishes. The contributions in this volume focus upon various measures taken by the state and employers to foster the employment of older workers in Britain, mainland Europe, the US and Japan. The authors address key issues that will influence public policy, exploring what workers over 50 want, the impact of the ageing workforce on employer policies and the implications for governments in promoting and supporting extended working lives.

The book is aimed at academics, students, policy makers and other professionals (such as training managers, HR professionals and trade unionists) interested in contemporary issues within social policy, the sociology of ageing, and human resource and diversity management. It wil also be of interest to older workers themselves.

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PART II European Experiences of Older Worker Transitions

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6 Ten The employability of older workers: what works? Tony Maltby Introduction The everyday, localised experiences and perceptions of older people in accessing paid work, and their retention and progression in employment, are under-researched and under-documented. More often studies consider the implementation of policy at the national level and at the level of the firm, that is, at a macro level of analysis. This chapter1 provides something unique, since it reports on a participatory and empowering qualitative ‘action research’ project conducted and

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Introduction With regard to their employment and concepts of employment insecurity, older workers make up a particular group on the labour market. According to established concepts in life-course theory (for example, Kohli, 1985 ; Mayer and Schoepflin, 1989 ), these workers are in the final phase of their employment career and will, after completing this phase, enter into a terminal state (in work terms) of retirement. Unlike younger workers, older employees thus have an alternative and socially accepted state as pensioners to which they can transit. This

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0 TWeLVe The future for older workers: opportunities and constraints Sarah Vickerstaff, Wendy Loretto and Phil White This concluding chapter reviews the common and emerging themes from the contributions to this collection and points to what are likely to be the key issues for older workers, their employers and their governments in the coming decades. Following an initial assessment of the concerns, problems and opportunities expressed by the contributors, the chapter is divided into four sections: first, a discussion of government policy and legislative

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eIGHT Healthy work for older workers: work design and management factors Amanda Griffiths Introduction Much of the recent concern in Britain in relation to the reducing ratio of employed to retired people has centred on national-level policy and economic issues such as retirement, state pension age and the burden on welfare and healthcare systems. For some time now, it has been suggested that one of the more straightforward, and least unpopular, ways of reducing the associated fiscal deficits would be to encourage people to stay in the labour force for

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PART I Introducing Older Worker Job Transitions in a Neoliberal Era

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’ of government budget cuts, or ‘austerity’, since the early 2010s. In this chapter we explore the redeployment of UK older workers in one organization affected by austerity, a UK local government (LG) authority. It first situates the topic of job redeployment in the context of local government ‘austerity’ since the early 2010s. It then presents evidence from a qualitative case study of older workers experiencing job redeployment and job reconfiguration. The main argument is that under conditions of neoliberalism, job redeployment is likely to be focused on meeting

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