New Survey Indicates Majority Plan to Postpone Retirement


MENLO PARK, CA -- For many workers, retirement won’t mean an end to their careers.  Only one in three workers (34 percent) polled said they plan to quit work entirely once they’re ready to retire from full-time employment, according to a just-released survey.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 492 full- or part-time adult workers employed in office environments.   

Workers were asked: “When you are ready to retire, do you see yourself quitting work entirely or taking one of the following options?”  Their responses:

Quit work entirely   34%
Change fields/work at something new   24%
Work as a consultant   14%
Work fewer hours for the same company   14%
Take a part-time job   2%
Continue to work/not plan to retire   2%
Volunteer   1%
Other   3%
Don't know      6%

“Longer life spans, increased financial responsibilities, and a desire to remain mentally and physically active are prompting today’s workers to view retirement differently than their predecessors,” said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources.  “The desire by many professionals to remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age could be a boon to employers concerned about talent shortages, which are predicted to intensify.”

McDonald added, “Companies can retain tenured staff by offering benefits they value, such as greater flexibility or part-time employment.  Firms also can tap the expertise of the growing number of professionals who have retired from full-time careers and are now consulting.”

Robert Half Management Resources has more than 140 offices throughout the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalfmr.com.



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