Research and analysis

Attitudes to working in later life: British Social Attitudes 2015

This report outlines the headline findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey 2015 on the Fuller Working Lives policy.


Attitudes to Working in Later Life: British Social Attitudes 2015

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In the 2015 British Social Attitudes Survey (BSAS), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) funded a set of questions relating to Fuller Working Lives. For people in employment these included asking:

  • when they expected to retire
  • the main reason they expected to retire
  • what employers could do to support them to work longer if they wished

This strengthens and updates the evidence base on attitudes to Fuller Working Lives.

This analysis has informed a background evidence paper associated with the forthcoming Fuller Working Lives partnership strategy document. The research is part of a suite of 4 DWP research reports contributing to the Fuller Working Lives evidence base.

The 4 DWP research reports are:

  • Older workers and the workplace: Evidence from the workplace employment relations survey
  • Sector based work academies and work experience trials for older claimants: combined quantitative and qualitative findings
  • Employer experiences of recruiting, retaining and retraining older workers
  • Attitudes to working in later life: British Social Attitudes 2015 (this report)

Authors: Leanne Dew and Caroline Smith, DWP.