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Giving older workers a voice: constraints on the employment of older people in the North West of England

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  • Lorna Porcellato

    (Liverpool John Moores University)

  • Fiona Carmichael

    (Birmingham University)

  • Claire Hulme

    (Leeds University)

  • Barbara Ingham

    (Salford University)

  • Arvin Prashar

    (Salford University)

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    Abstract

    This article contributes to the literature on older workers and employment, providing a regional perspective on the relationship between age and work. The study is based on interviews in conjunction with occupational-event calendars with 56 individuals in North West England. The primary aim was to gain in-depth understanding of perceived constraints that older people feel hinder their employment prospects within the context of their daily lives. Significant constraints on employment and re-employment were identified and attributed to health, negative perceptions of self, lack of formal human capital and undervaluation of experience, financial disincentives for employers to employ older workers and prevailing ageist attitudes.

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    Article provided by British Sociological Association in its journal Work, Employment and Society.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 85-103

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:woemps:v:24:y:2010:i:1:p:85-103

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    Keywords: age discrimination; human capital; ill-health; labour demand; labour supply; labour market participation; older workers' voice; retirement;

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    Cited by:
    1. Santos, Miguel, 2011. "Alomorfismos Nas Empresas E Na Gestão De Recursos Humanos Em Plena Sociedade Informacional
      [Allomorphisms in Corporations and in Human Resources Management (HRM)in Informational Society]
      ," MPRA Paper 32309, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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