Working past 65 in the UK and the USA: segregation into ‘Lopaq’ occupations?

Lain, David (2012) Working past 65 in the UK and the USA: segregation into ‘Lopaq’ occupations? Work, Employment and Society, 26 (1). pp. 78-94. ISSN 0950-0170

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A prominent business case for employing older people in the 2000s suggests diverse employment opportunities existed for Britons over 65, despite their limited employment rights. However, it is hypothesized that employees over 65 were disproportionately segregated into less desired ‘Lopaq’ occupations: these were low paid, required few qualifications and were often part-time. The UK is contrasted with the USA, a country with long-established age discrimination legislation; the Labour Force Survey and Current Population Survey are analysed. A greater UK concentration in Lopaq occupations suggests employers, working in a context of limited employee rights, selectively retained and recruited people in their 60s to these jobs. An alternative explanation, that Lopaq employment levels reflected the characteristics of those choosing to work, is unsupported by logistic regression analysis. US evidence suggests that the 2011 default retirement age abolition will weaken UK Lopaq occupational segregation after 65 more than voluntaristic commitments to ‘age-diversity’.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Age and employment; Age discrimination; Age-diversity; Equality and diversity; Labour market segmentation; Older workers; Post-retirement work; Working past 65
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N600 Human Resource Management
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/0950017011426312
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research on Management and Employment
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2011 13:34
Last Modified: 08 May 2015 12:48

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