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The Older Worker's Guide

Older person at work

A satisfying job can help you to maintain good physical health and mental wellbeing, and to stay socially connected as you get older.

But working in later life may also present challenges. Your ability to work may be affected by a health condition or disability, or you may be working alongside caring for someone who has health problems.

Since 2011 there has been no fixed retirement age for men or women. Most people can now choose when to retire, and taking that decision can be complex. State Pension age is currently 66 and will start to increase again in 2026. Many people may need to continue working into their late 60s or beyond.

This guide provides basic information about the rights and issues most likely to affect older employees.

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