“If people want to work they should be able to” Older Australians’ Perspectives on Working After Retirement

We all know or have personally experienced the challenges that come with finding work as older people, and new research from National Seniors has revealed just how widespread this is.

National Seniors Australia surveyed 3938 Australians aged 50+ in February 2022, asking questions about their employment and retirement status, their interest in reentering paid work after retirement and motivations for this, and the barriers retirees face when seeking to re-enter the paid workforce.

The research found ageism, pension rules, and lack of appropriate opportunities are among the significant barriers facing older Australians wanting post-retirement work.