Uncertain futures: Organisational influences on the transition from work to retirement

Christopher Phillipson, Sue Shepherd, Mark Robinson, Sarah Vickerstaff

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The promotion of extended working life has created a period of uncertainty between the ending of work and the beginning of retirement. This period of the life course is now ‘open-ended’ in respect of whether older workers decide to remain in employment or leave working. However, the choices available are framed within public policy and organizational contexts as well as personal circumstances. The study reviews the organisation of ‘work-ending’, the construction of age within organizations, and the influences on provision of support in late working life. The paper concludes with a discussion on the range of pressures which might limit control over pathways through middle and late working careers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Early online date22 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Older workers
  • work-ending
  • late-career transitions
  • retirement zone
  • ageism

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Work and Equalities Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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