Many older Americans continue to work: survey
By Paul Wilson
ProWEB Wire (Industry News)
A large number of older Americans seek new jobs after retiring from their career, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder and PrimeCB.com.
The survey found that 57 percent of workers age 60 or older said they would seek a new job after retiring from their current company.
Meanwhile, 11 percent of respondents said they didn’t think they’d ever be able to retire.
Forty-three percent of employers said they plan to hire workers ages 50 and older this year, the survey found.
Three-quarters of employers said they would consider an application from an overqualified older worker, while 59 percent said they would consider such candidates because of their knowledge and ability to mentor other employees.
“Whether mature workers are motivated by financial concerns or simply enjoy going to work every day, we’re seeing more people move away from the traditional definition of retirement and seek ‘rehirement,’” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.
“At the same time, employers are seeing the value these mature workers can bring to an organization, from their intellectual capital to their mentoring and training capabilities. In a highly competitive job market, mature workers can use these skills to their advantage,” she said.