Category Archives: Paid and unpaid work (includes volunteering)

The “precariousness” of older workers

19/10/2018 Judith Davey The dictionary definition of precariousness is uncertainty, instability, insecurity, dependence on circumstances beyond one’s control. But the term – often with the synonym “precarity” has been used recently to apply in the labour market. Precarity refers to … Continue reading

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Older people as entrepreneurs

Judith Davey 23/03/2018 If we look at synonyms for “entrepreneur” we get words like “tycoon”, “magnate”, “mogul” and “capitalist”. As I said in my last blog, my definition is simply a person who starts up a new enterprise in the … Continue reading

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More older people are becoming self-employed

9/03/2018 We have been hearing a lot about the ageing of the workforce recently. The topic will figure in Age Concern’s conference in April this year.  It is a particular area of research interest for me. In my blogs I … Continue reading

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What kind of work were older people doing in the 1891-1921 period?

26/01/2018 Judith Davey The descriptions of the occupational categories used in the censuses contain what we would consider outdated or even quaint language. They began “embracing all persons….” And continued as shown on the table below –   Change in … Continue reading

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More older people in paid work – is this anything new?

Judith Davey 12/01/18 We hear a lot about people staying on in paid work after the age of eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation (I get cross when I hear people talking about the “age of retirement” when there isn’t one!). … Continue reading

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Older People are working longer – where, what and how?

Judith A. Davey 8/09/17 In a previous blog I talked about how the population may change in future, looking at Statistics New Zealand projections. One important trend is the increased participation of people aged 65 and over in the paid … Continue reading

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Volunteering – what’s in it for older people?

I have recently been involved in a consultation exercise to discuss the content of the 2018 Census. It seems a long way off, but work is starting in earnest. I was on the look-out for topics of interest to Age … Continue reading

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