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Older workers and the peripheral workforce : the erosion of gender differences
Author(s)Angela Dale, Claire Bamford
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 8, part 1, March 1988
Pagespp 43-62
KeywordsEmployment of older people.
AnnotationAt a time when the proportion of full-time permanent jobs is decreasing and there is evidence of a growth in 'peripheral' forms of work, it is important to review the position of older workers, both men and women. Using data from the Labour Force Survey of 1984, it is shown that while the employment rate falls sharply in the ten-year period prior to state retirement age, it is only those of post-retirement age who are disproportionately represented in peripheral forms of work. It is suggested that some peripheral forms of work allow greater flexibility in age of retirement than permanent full-time jobs. While there are clear gender differences among those of pre-retirement age - with a higher proportion of women than men in peripheral jobs - there is a marked erosion of these gender differences amongst men and women who work beyond state retirement age. (KJ).
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