How to plot your next career move while retirement planning – learn your employment rights after 50
With the default retirement age abolished in 2011, there’s no longer any need to hang up your ambitions as you get older. And in fact, with many of us enjoying better health and quality of life for longer, understanding your employment rights after 50 can be as important as retirement planning.
Working after 50 and beyond
24% of men and 64% of women say they want to keep working past retirement age.
A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission that explored the work aspirations of the over 50s found that:
- 55% are unhappy with some aspect of their working life
- 3/5 say they are as physically capable of performing their jobs as when they were younger
- 23% of 56-59 year-olds and 9% of 70-75 year-olds still support their children financially
- 11% are still ambitious for promotion
- 44% of 56-59 year-olds had undertaken training in the last three years.
Your employment rights after 50
- Age discrimination is against the law
- Redundancy policies mustn’t discriminate against older workers
- If you have dependants, you’re entitled to time off for emergencies, accidents and illness
- If you care for someone you have the right to request flexible working
- An employer cannot set an upper age limit for training.
Give your career a boost after 50
- Don’t put your date of birth or graduation on your CV
- It’s illegal for an interviewer or recruiter to ask your age
- Only list your last ten years’ experience – summarise the rest
- Demonstrate your experience and value by doing your job well
- Show that you’re just as able to adapt to new technology as younger colleagues
- In interviews, highlight your accomplishments and ability to excel in fast-paced environments
- Seek out and embrace opportunities to learn and improve.