Chapter 10: Precariousness among older self-employed workers in Europe
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Self-employment among older workers is diverse. Some have been self-employed much or all of their working lives, while others make the transition into self-employment after age 50 or as part of a transition into retirement. This chapter examines motives and transition moments for older workers to become self-employed and studies precariousness among older self-employed workers between 50 and 80 years of age. The question is addressed who works beyond state pension age and why. The findings in this chapter support earlier findings that relatively privileged workers, including self-employed, tend to work beyond state pension age. However, the findings also indicate that while on the one hand employees are for the most relatively protected against the necessity to extend working life beyond state pension age, on the other hand self-employed may more often have to continue working because of financial precariousness and despite poor physical conditions.

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