Survey: Majority of Workers Plan to Work After Retirement

Chicago — Feb. 27

More people may be spending their “golden years” at the office.

A new study from CareerBuilder shows that retirement no longer means the end of a career, as 60 percent of workers aged 60-plus said they would look for a new job after retiring from their current company. That’s up from 57 percent last year.

The nationwide survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive, included more than 680 U.S. workers aged 60 and older and more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resources professionals between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30.

When asked how soon they think they can retire from their current job, about 12 percent of respondents said they don’t think they’ll ever be able to retire.

There is good news, however, for mature workers who are putting off retirement. Employers are looking to hire more seasoned staff, with 48 percent of employers planning to hire workers aged 50-plus this year, according to the survey.

Forty-four percent said they hired workers aged 50-plus in 2012, and 76 percent of the employers surveyed would consider an application from an overqualified worker who is 50-plus, with 59 percent of employers saying mature candidates bring a wealth of knowledge to an organization and can mentor others.

Source: CareerBuilder