Retiring Women
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Retiring Women

Work and Post-work Transitions

Philip Taylor, Catherine Earl, Elizabeth Brooke and Christopher McLoughlin

With current policy concerns about shortfalls of labour supply and effects on the social welfare system due to population ageing, there is a need to understand the factors that shape women’s choices about if, when and how to retire. Recent trends indicating the increased workforce participation of women demand new policy responses to the end of careers and retirement transitions to sustain acceptable levels of participation and productivity. This book is innovative in that it will examine constellations of factors that disadvantage or advantage women’s career and retirement trajectories against a backdrop of public policy efforts to extend working lives.
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Chapter 3: Older women workers in Australia: the study

Philip Taylor, Catherine Earl, Elizabeth Brooke and Christopher McLoughlin


Chapter 3 outlines the three themes that framed the research: the meaning, centrality and role of paid work; career management and development; and barriers to remaining in or entering the labour market. It describes the methodological approach taken in a large mixed methods project: a quantitative survey of older women, follow-up qualitative interviews with a subset of these women, and qualitative interviews with human resource managers and stakeholders. This chapter also describes the characteristics of the women who participated in the survey and introduces the women by means of a small number of vignettes.

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