‘We’re retiring, but we’re not ready to stop work’

Nearly a quarter of people planning to retire this year say they don’t feel ready to stop work yet, and more than a fifth say they don’t like the idea of being at home all of the time in retirement, according to new figures1 released today by Prudential.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 12th February 2013, 12:17 pm

Its Class of 2013 research, the latest of the annual studies conducted by Prudential since 2008, tracks the plans and expectations of people entering retirement this year.

The report reveals a positive shift in attitudes towards retirement, despite the fact that it can be a financially challenging time for many.

Nearly six in ten of this year’s retirees say they would consider working past the state pension age, with two fifths of those wanting to work in full-time employment and three fifths considering working part-time.

This motivation for continuing to work on is not just financial. More than half of those considering working past pension age believe it would keep their minds and bodies active and healthy, compared with 40 per cent who are motivated by boosting their retirement incomes.

Almost as many (38 per cent) say they would be happy to work on simply because they enjoy working so much.

Even when they do stop working, the Class of 2013 does not intend to slide gracefully into old age.

Nearly a third are looking forward to retirement, with 52 per cent planning to undertake more physical activity, 29 per cent planning to take on more mentally challenging tasks, and 33 per cent planning to socialise more.

Stan Russell, Prudential’s retirement income expert, said: “In the past, people went from being in full-time employment one day to being retired the next. Retirement is much less of an event these days due to flexible working behaviours, and this is reflected in the attitudes of the Class of 2013.

“Retiring at 60 or 65 years old is no longer a financial reality for many people, and the phased changes to the state pension age acknowledge this is the case. Some people do not want to retire at all, while others are happy to retire as early as possible.

“While feeling healthy and happy is part and parcel of enjoying retirement, it is important for people to enter this period of their lives with their eyes open. Expected retirement incomes are at a six year low, and so it is important to plan ahead – and consult a financial adviser or retirement specialist – to ensure a comfortable retirement.”

Prudential’s research shows that the ideal employment scenario for those who would consider working past pension age is to continue working in their current jobs but with reduced hours. Thirty per cent would prefer to work in their current job part-time, while 10 per cent would happily continue to work in their current job full-time.

Nine per cent of those expecting to retire this year, and who would consider working on, would like to earn money from a hobby, while six per cent would ideally like to start their own businesses.