The Quality of Work Among Older Workers

  • Christopher Lawton
  • Daniel Wheatley
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


Lawton and Wheatley contribute to understanding of patterns of work among older adults and, in particular, the quality of work they encounter. Older adults face increasing uncertainty in their economic and social lives due to changes in economic and welfare policies, while at the same time governments are promoting the benefits of extended working lives. This chapter explores the patterns of employment and reports on the variable quality of work among older adults , using UK data from the Annual Population Survey, Labour Force Survey and Understanding Society. Two-step cluster analysis and multinomial logistic regression suggest that working into later life predominantly reflects choice. However, the quality of work varies considerably and an important minority of older adults are constrained into working in low-quality jobs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Lawton
    • 1
  • Daniel Wheatley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsNottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of Business and Labour EconomicsBirmingham Business School, University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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