It is widely recognised that as people live longer the model of a working career is changing and will continue to change. The traditional three stage model of, education-work-retire is no longer viable. In particular, individuals are working longer and in different formats. Older men are also affected. However, women face different challenges including an average longevity that exceeds that of men. This paper draws together research and discussions on the issues affecting the future of work for women, particularly older women, 50+, in New Zealand. Time out from full time (FT) employment, restricted training and development opportunities, the gender pay, age and sex discrimination, all significantly impact on their working life and future career prospects, including financial resources. The constrained ability to provide adequate resources for their future may affect women’s choice of when they can stop working.
SOURCE: Rosemary Johnson. “An Analysis of the Changing Nature of Work in New Zealand and its Implications for Older Female Workers.” Pension Commentary, 30 September 2018.
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