Tell us: have you left the UK workforce in your 50s?

Tell us: have you left the UK workforce in your 50s?

We’d like to hear from people who stopped working during the pandemic on whether they are considering returning

Workers aged 55 to 64 have dropped out of workforce

The boss of John Lewis has said that the 1 million mostly over-50s who left the workforce during the pandemic should be encouraged to return to help deal with inflation.

Dame Sharon White said retirees should be encouraged to return in order to tackle the effect of labour shortages on inflation and wages. “Regardless of what is happening coming out of Covid, if the labour market is that tight, if we continue to have far fewer people in work – or looking for work – you have inevitably got more inflation and wage inflation,” she said.

We’d like to hear from people in their 50s who have left the UK workforce since the pandemic. How and why did you leave the workforce? How were you able to afford it? Are you considering returning to work? Has the cost of living crisis affected your plans?

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