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Over the next 25 years, the UK’s workforce is projected to significantly age. However, Disney et al (1997) observed that half of men and one third of women of aged over-50 leave work before state pension age in the UK and the literature suggests that, even in relatively buoyant local labour markets, older workers are at a disadvantage due to factors such as qualifications, job search strategies and perceived age discrimination (McQuaid and Lindsay 2002, 2005).
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Social networks, accessed and mobilised social capital and the employment status of older workers: A case study
Those older people who were unemployed and, returned to employment (reemployed) had a higher proportion of contacts with higher prestige jobs, their job searching methods were mainly interpersonal and the rate of finding their last job via their social networks was higher than those who remained unemployed. Both groups mobilised social capital (MSC), but those reemployed accessed higher “quality” social capital. “Strong ties”, rather than “weak ties”, were found to be important in accessing and mobilising social capital for the older workers who returned to employment.