New Survey Indicates Majority Plan to Postpone Retirement



    TORONTO, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - For many workers, retirement won't mean an end
to their careers. Only one in three workers (34 per cent) polled said they
plan to quit work entirely once they're ready to retire from full-time
employment, according to a just-released survey.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world's
premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a
project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm
and includes responses from 492 full- or part-time adult workers employed in
office environments.
    Workers were asked: "When you are ready to retire, do you see yourself
quitting work entirely or taking one of the following options?" Their
responses:

    
      Quit work entirely .........................................   34%
      Change fields/work at something new ........................   24%
      Work as a consultant .......................................   14%
      Work fewer hours for the same company ......................   14%
      Take a part-time job .......................................    2%
      Continue to work/not plan to retire ........................    2%
      Volunteer ..................................................    1%
      Other ......................................................    3%
      Don't know .................................................    6%
                                                                   ------
                                                                    100%
    

    "Longer life spans, increased financial responsibilities, and a desire to
remain mentally and physically active are prompting today's workers to view
retirement differently than their predecessors," said Paul McDonald, executive
director of Robert Half Management Resources. "The desire by many
professionals to remain in the workforce past the traditional retirement age
could be a boon to employers concerned about talent shortages, which are
predicted to intensify."
    McDonald added, "Companies can retain tenured staff by offering benefits
they value, such as greater flexibility or part-time employment. Firms also
can tap the expertise of the growing number of professionals who have retired
from full-time careers and are now consulting."

    Robert Half Management Resources has more than 140 offices throughout the
Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search
services at www.roberthalfmr.com.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary or Vancouver please contact Jason Chapman at
416-350-5201, extension 62070.





For further information:

For further information: TO SPEAK WITH A LOCAL EXPERT, CONTACT: Robert
Half Management Resources, Jason Chapman, (416) 350-5201 extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com


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