Research and analysis

Default Retirement Age: Employer qualitative research (RR672)

Findings from qualitative research that explored employers’ retirement practices and views about the Default Retirement Age (DRA).

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Default Retirement Age: Employer qualitative research (RR672): report

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Default Retirement Age: Employer qualitative research (RR672): summary

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By Andrew Thomas and Juliet Pascall-Calitz

This report presents the findings from qualitative research that explored employers’ retirement practices and views about the Default Retirement Age (DRA). The report is based on 54 interviews across 40 employers that had experience of retiring an employee, selected according to their size, industry, whether they had adopted a compulsory retirement age and whether they had used the statutory retirement process.

The research covered employers’ views about employing older workers, recruitment, retention and promotion in relation to older workers and their processes for retiring employees. The research also explored employer’s understanding and views about the DRA legislation, its impact on their organisation and whether it should be retained or abolished.