Acas uses cookies to ensure we give you the best experience and to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies.

Website URL :

Abolition of the DRA is encouraging people to draw a salary for longer

As predicted by many, the abolition of the Default Retirement Age (DRA) does appear to be encouraging people to stay in work for longer. Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of people aged between 65 and 74 were in work during December 2012, up from almost a fifth (18 per cent) three years ago.

The figures from Aviva's Real Retirement Report also show that the increase is likely to continue. Since February 2010, the proportions of people aged 55 to 64 earning a wage has gone up from 41 to 55 per cent.

Analysts have partly attributed the increase in numbers to the abolition of the DRA, which was phased out in 2011. A general improvement in the physical health of the population has also played a role. However, some voiced concerns that the combination of the rising cost of living and increases to the state pension age may be forcing some people to stay in work longer than they would otherwise have wanted.

Acas provides wide-ranging information on employment issues surrounding Retirement, and offers practical training courses on Age and the repeal of the Default Retirement age.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.

This news content or feature has been generated by a third party. Commentary, opinion and content do not necessarily represent the opinion of Acas.
This news content or feature may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation, subject to accurate reproduction.
Your details: news and notifications