To call it “the great unretirement” may be an overstatement. But evidence shows older people are showing signs of a return to the jobs market after a trend in the opposite direction during the pandemic. And it is clear that inflation and rising prices are partly to blame. Analysis by Rest Less, an online community and advocate for over-50s, showed significant increases in economic activity among over 65s during the year to May. In a poll of 500 retired members Rest Less found almost one third (32%) would consider returning for work. When that 32% were asked why, 32% cited mental and social stimulation and 12% the rising cost of of living. A further 8% said it would be to top up their pensions and 4% gave the potential driver as a mixture of all these reasons.

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