Welcome to the Working 50 Plus website. Working 50 Plus was formed in April 2008, as a self help group for people aged 50 and over. We are based in Brighton & Hove but also have members from surrounding areas of Sussex. The objectives of the group are to promote the wellbeing of those members who may wish to get back into employment.
The group has two complementary activities:
In 2015 a report from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that employment of workers over the age of 50 has grown significantly over the past decades. Of course, it must be noted that these statistics contain a high proportion of part-time work.
The table below shows the growth of employment rates:
|Group||1984 Employment Rate||2015 Employment Rate|
|People Aged 50 to 64||55.4%||69.6%|
|People Aged 65 and Over||4.9%||10.2%|
|People Aged 70 to 74||5.5%||9.9%|
|Women Aged 55 to 59||48.6%||68.9%|
|Women Aged 60 to 64||17.7%||40.7%|
This trend is encouraging, particularly for women, showing that employers are more willing to employ older people. However, more can be done.
It is very beneficial getting back to work, not just financially. Employment also brings improvements in well being and mental health.
Employed people, particularly men, will often socialise with work colleagues. Unfortunately, this can slow or even stop when you become unemployed.
In addition to helping people get back to work, the Working50Plus group provides a range of social activities. This includes meals together and trips out.