Leavers aged between 50 and 65 would return to work if asked

The majority of workers aged 50 to 65 who left employment during the pandemic would be keen to return to the workplace, especially if incentivised by favourable working arrangements, according to a recent study.

Research by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which formed part of its Over 50s Lifestyle Study, polled 43,250 individuals to understand the motivations of those aged 50 to 65 years leaving work during the coronavirus pandemic – why they left, whether they intend to return, and what may encourage them back to work.


The findings showed that in fact, three in five workers aged 50 to 65 years would consider returning to work with the most important factors when choosing a paid job being flexible working hours, good pay and being able to work from home.

Age is a major factor when considering whether to return to work, with 86% of those aged 50 to 54 years more likely to consider returning.  Adults aged 50 to 59 years were also more likely to be currently looking for paid work, compared to just 6 per cent of adults aged 60 to 65.

People from this age group represent experienced employees whose skillsets are likely to be difficult to replace – not just technically, but interpersonal skills along with an understanding of the business which can take several years to replace.

Experience is one of the few qualities which is enhanced by age, and it is important not to lose vital experience!

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