The World Financial Basis has projected that common retirement ages in OECD international locations, together with the UK, might want to improve by an estimated 8.4 years by 2050 to take care of the present steadiness between working-age and non-working-age populations.
It predicted that by 2050, the worldwide inhabitants aged over 60 shall be 2.1 billion, greater than double the 1 billion recorded in 2020.
It makes the prediction in a brand new report: ‘Longevity Economic system Rules: The Basis for a Financially Resilient Future’.
The report was revealed as enterprise and political leaders gathered this week on the World Financial Discussion board’s annual assembly held in Davos, Switzerland.
The report additionally advised that 19%-25% of adults over 55 want to work however aren’t presently doing so. It additionally identified that ladies aged 65 and above obtained on common 26% much less retirement revenue than males.
Catherine Foot, director of assume tank Phoenix Insights, mentioned: “The report emphasises that our financial and social material doesn’t but assist longer lives, a priority which has been accelerated by many years of declining beginning charges.”
She warned that an ageing inhabitants presents challenges in areas similar to monetary safety, work, expertise, well being, caring and saving for retirement.
Ms Foot mentioned: “Within the office, extra can and needs to be finished to accommodate older individuals within the workforce – the analysis reveals that internationally, as much as 1 / 4 (25%) of individuals aged 55 and over wish to work as they become old however face limitations in doing so.”
She added that the monetary affect of leaving the workforce early can’t be overstated, with Phoenix Insights discovering that the typical wealth for 50-64 yr olds who’re economically inactive because of sick well being is simply £57,000, lower than 5% of the typical wealth of those that selected to retire early within the UK.
She known as for extra alternatives for older staff to remain within the office.
Ms Foot mentioned: “We have to make radical modifications in areas similar to monetary training, work, expertise, well being and caring to remodel the way in which we reply to the alternatives of individuals dwelling longer lives. Meaning tackling the inequalities throughout gender and socioeconomic courses.
“Higher, longer lives mustn’t simply be the protect of the few, however a actuality for everybody.”