Evidence Baby Boomers DO Work Harder: People over 60 work more shifts when they have an irregular pattern than those half their age, study finds
- It turned out that older staff put in almost the equivalent of an extra week of work per month
- Those approaching retirement age of 65 work an average of 30 shifts per month
- The people in their thirties turned out to work on average only 26 shifts per month
Workers in their 60s work harder than half their age, according to a report.
It found that older workers who work irregular shifts put in nearly the equivalent of an extra workweek per month than those in their early thirties.
Those close to the traditional retirement age of 65 work an average of 30 shifts a month, with many sometimes working two a day to earn more. The people in their thirties turned out to work an average of 26 shifts per month.
The findings, based on more than 350,000 workers, suggest that the massive migration of older workers into the economy has been a boon to employers and a major boost to the incomes of those nearing retirement.
People over 60 work harder than half their age, report shows (file photo)
They also likely reflect the demand for labor in the NHS and the healthcare system during the pandemic.
The growth in the workforce in their 60s and 70s, enabled by greater health and life expectancy and aided by legislative changes such as the abolition of compulsory retirement, comes at a time when critics have accused an older generation of high on the profits from real estate inflation and old-fashioned gilded pensions, while younger people struggle.
Deputy, a workforce management firm that prepared the report, said employers could improve the performance and interest levels of low-paid youth by increasing their wages and offering regular and more reliable services.
Jobs that use zero-hours contracts have been regularly criticized by critics for not guaranteeing employment.
The survey was based on hours worked by people of different age groups in the healthcare, hospitality, retail and service industries, all of whom employ large numbers of workers with irregular shifts.
It identified a Baby Boomer group of employees between the ages of 57 and 75, who typically work about 253 hours per month. The millennial group, with an average age of 31, typically spends about 213 hours per month.
It was found that older workers who work irregular shifts have almost the equivalent of an extra work week per month than those in their early thirties (file photo)
Middle-aged workers, with an average age of 47, fall into a middle class, the Shiftwork Economy Report found, with 28 shifts per month, which equates to 239 hours.
A younger generation of workers, with an average age of 22, work less intensively – with only 18 shifts and 139 hours per month. This is probably because many of them are still students. Member David Kelly said: ‘Health and social workers of all ages have worked incredibly hard over the past 18 months to take care of our country.
‘These figures show that we need to distribute the workload better…
“One way to make these essential roles more attractive to young people is to treat our shift workers with more respect, pay them fairly and give them more protection and predictability about when they will work.”