Most retirees never take a break from work – The Great Retirees Research

Following our Great Retirees research, Bower can reveal that the majority of UK retirees never take a break during their working life.

Just over half (50.7%) of retirees surveyed said they did not take any ‘career breaks’ whatsoever (see figure 1).  With our retirees providing thousands of man hours and thousands of pounds in taxes throughout their lives, and most never taking a single break, we should work just as hard to ensure that they have the retirement they deserve.


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Even after retirement, many of our retirees continue to contribute to society via unpaid voluntary work in their community or similar work for a local charity. The Great Retirees research found that 1 in 5 regularly volunteer for a charity, while a further fifth engage in fundraising or voluntary work for their community.  Just under a third (29%) undertake other unpaid work, like looking after grandchildren or caring for a loved one. On average, our retirees provide 7 hours a week in unpaid work.

This altruistic effort is at the bedrock of a healthy society, and our Great Retirees are part of the glue that keeps our communities together.


Geoff Charles, CEO of Bower, comments:

“Even after retirement, working doesn’t stop. Many pensioners volunteer for their local community or a charity close to their heart. Not only this, taking on unpaid labour also allows them to continue learning new skills, and provides opportunities to make new friends. Actively engaging pensioners in the community should be encouraged as a result. Not only is their unpaid work of great value, but building a sense of community can have a tangible effect on their happiness.”