More than one in three people over 65 are either still working or plan to take another job, according to research, keen to stay mentally and physically active and earn extra cash.
The default retirement age of 65 was abolished in 2011, and as a result most businesses do not set an age at which their employees have to retire.
Many mature workers, who have taken retirement from their careers, are still looking to keep themselves employed and active, and a successful business in Aberdeen is benefiting from having an active and enthusiastic grandad on site.
George Wilson, 76, has worked at Simply Self Storage, a self storage centre in Mugiemoss Road, since it opened in 2006, having previously worked as an ophthalmic prescription grinder.
Mr Wilson said: “I left school at 15 and worked making spectacles until I retired just four years ago, so taking it easy does not come naturally to me. I enjoy keeping busy so the 12 hours a week I spend at Simply Self Storage are a good way for me to keep active.”
Mr Wilson’s son, Jon, is operations director for Simply Self Storage. He said: “My dad is very hands on and is an important and valued member of our team. He has always been a very loyal and hard working person, and he’s usually the first one out shoveling snow when the winter comes. He keeps the facility in excellent condition and he is very much a people person, so our clients enjoy a quick chat with him when they drop off or collect their belongings.”
Steve Cook, CEO of Empire, said: “Older people are an untapped resource. Most of today’s 65 year olds will live beyond 80 and some will live to over 100 – to ignore that in a struggling economy is madness. Older people in good health can be reluctant to retire at the magic age of 65, feeling able to continue in their job, or keen to try out something new. As life expectancy increases, we could all be looking at being retired for a quarter of our lives, so carrying on working, keeping active and earning money makes sense.”