Six-in-Ten Workers Over the Age of Sixty Postponing Retirement Due to Economic Downturn, Finds CareerBuilder Survey
- Career Expert Offers Tips for Mature Workers to Navigate Tough Economy -

While the economic crisis is being felt by nearly every segment of the working population, one group of workers is faced with particularly tough decisions regarding their futures. Six-in-ten workers (60 percent) over the age of 60 say they are putting off their retirement due to the impact of the U.S. financial crisis on their long-term savings, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. The survey was conducted among more than 8,000 workers between November 12 and December 1, 2008.

Depleted savings accounts due to the economic downshift are causing older workers to stay in the workforce longer to make up for their losses. One-in-ten workers (11 percent) over the age of 60 who are putting off retirement say that the decrease to their savings may now cause them to never retire, while 73 percent think it will take them up to 6 years of extra work to recoup their lost savings. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) feels they can make their money back by working an additional year or two.

"Mature workers may be feeling the pinch of this difficult economy more than others because of their impending plans for retirement," said Jason Ferrara, Senior Career Advisor at CareerBuilder. "Mature workers who are returning to the workforce to offset their retirement losses will likely encounter many of the same challenges that workers of any age are facing today. However, their level of knowledge and experience and network of professional contacts will work to their advantage in a competitive job market.", CareerBuilder's job site for mature workers, offers tips for navigating through a difficult economy:

  --  Talk to your supervisor.  Let your company know that you would like to
      postpone your retirement, focusing on your strengths and value you
      bring to the organization.  Come prepared with ideas for new revenue
      opportunities, operational efficiencies or creative executions and
      volunteer to head up new projects.
  --  Track market trends. Keep the changes in the job market on your radar
      if you are concerned about layoffs at your organization and know you
      need to keep working.  Study areas that are showing growth even in a
      down economy and research how you can transfer the wide set of skills
      you already have to opportunities in those fields.
  --  Network offline and online.  Throughout your career, you've likely
      built a large network of professional and personal contacts.  Add to
      this network by joining various social networking sites such as and Facebook.
  --  Be resilient. As a mature worker, chances are you've been through an
      economic downturn in the past. Use what you learned in previous
      recessions to help the company weather the storm and serve as a
      reassuring presence for others within the organization.

  Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 8,038 U.S. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government) ages 18 and over between November 12 and December 1, 2008 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset U.S. employees, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 8,038, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.09 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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