Tell us: are you returning to the UK workforce in your 50s?

Posted: December 19th 2022


Professor Roger Strasser came and spoke to us at the Lincoln Institute of Rural Health and identified recruitment and retention as the biggest global drivers of rural health inequalities. This call for evidence will provide some real insights into the drivers underpinning the loss of a significant cohort of our rural health and care workforce and most interestingly, why they might be seeking to return to work….

Record numbers of people aged 50 and over in the UK left the workforce and became economically inactive after the pandemic, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said this spring. However, the trend seems to be reversing. Over 50s are now returning to the workforce, and we want to hear from them.

We’d like to hear from people in their 50s and 60s who have returned to the UK workforce, perhaps after a period of inactivity. How and why did you return to the workforce? Were you planning to return, or did something prompt you to go back to work? Has the cost of living crisis affected your plans?