The experience of an abrupt and often premature departure from work can leave individuals feeling disorientated and disappointed and can prevent their valuable ecomic potential from being tapped. This report explores the possibilities of more flexible forms of work that bridge the gap between a steady career job and retirement. It examines such jobs in the wider context of the types of transition that are being made by people leaving work early. Transitions after 50 series People are living longer, yet increasingly are leaving working life well before the state retirement age. The Joseph Rowntree Fountain programme, Transitions after 50, explores people's experiences, decisions and constraints as they pass from active labour market participation in their middle years towards a new identity in later life. Reports in this series look in particular at issues about work, income and activities beyond work during this period of transition. For other titles in this series, please follow the series link from the main catalogue page.
Dr Stephen Lissenburgh is Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Employment Group at the Policy Studies Institute. Deborah Smeaton is Research Fellow, also at the Policy Studies Institute.