Anxiety over the soarung cost of living appears to be reversing what was dubbed the “great resignation” prompted by Covid. Over-50s who left their jobs during or since the pandemic are increasingly considering returning to work to cope with the rising price of fuel and other necessities, figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest. A survey conducted in August – long before the recent plunge in the value of the £ – found nearly three quarters (72%) of those in their 5os were mulling over working again, compared with 58% in February. And of them, two thirds cited the need to up their incomes. Only 38% of people between 50 and 54 said they were confident that their retirement provisions would meet their needs.

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