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Older People’s Day: 1 million in work over 65: 3 years since end of default retirement age

Three years on from an historic government move to outlaw enforced retirement, more than 1 million over 65s now choose to stay in work.

The figures are revealed in a new DWP analysis released to mark International Older People’s Day (1 October).

Nearly a quarter of a million more people aged 65 and over have opted to stay in work since the default retirement age – a form of legal discrimination in the workplace – was abolished on 1 October 2011.

There are now 1,103,000 workers aged 65 and over in work compared to 874,000 in the quarter October to December 2011 – an increase of 229,000.

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