Older British employees’ declining attitudes over 20 years and across classes
British employers, under increasing competitive pressures, and applying new technology and work organization, have sought to reduce labour costs, resulting in work intensification and precarity. Older employees as a result are exposed to work demands that conflict with expectations of favourable treatment in late career. National survey data for Britain in the years 1992, 2001, 2006 and 2012 demonstrate a decline in overall job attitude among older employees following the changed conditions of the 1990s and across the major recession that began in 2008. To assess whether this decline is unequally distributed, decomposition by socio-economic class is carried out.
This shows that older employees in the ‘service class’ of managerial and professional employees are affected at least as much as older employees in intermediate and less skilled classes, thus underlining the age effect and showing that ‘service-class’ employees are not invulnerable to a changing economic environment
White, M., Smeaton, D. (2016) Older British employees’ declining attitudes over 20 years and across classes, Human Relations, 1-23