Home Instead Senior Care is calling on retired Brits to join its workforce after finding that one in four regret giving up their careers.
In its latest recruitment drive, the home care provider is appealing to people aged over 60 to “unretire” themselves and become a caregiver.
The appeal comes after the home care provider found from a nationwide study that a quarter of retired Brits believe they gave up their careers too soon.
The average retirement age of the 1,000 retirees polled was found to be 62, yet the average respondent said they would have happily continued working for another seven years.
Some of the reasons for this were highlighted in the survey data, with 25% admitting to having no real routine in their day-to-day lives and a third saying they felt they have lost their purpose in life as a result of retiring.
And 26% of retired Brits say they are lonely, with 23% suffering from depression.
Martin Jones, the CEO of Home Instead Senior Care said of the research: “This is an extremely interesting piece of research that lifts the lid on retirement and how over 65s feel about life as a retiree. It is significant that a large portion of those who were surveyed felt that they could have carried on working beyond the age at which they retired.”
When asked what they missed most about the world of work, almost half (45%) said it was spending time with their colleagues, 39% said it was the monthly salary and 32% yearned to have an active mind again.
Nearly a third (31%) indicated that they missed “workplace banter” the most.
“It is interesting that so many people said they missed the ‘fun’ of work and the companionship aspect of it,” said Jones.
“At Home Instead, we have a large number of caregivers in their 60s, 70s and 80s who particularly enjoy the companionship the role offers, as well as a sense of purpose and fulfilment it brings looking after people who may be lonely and need some extra support at home.”
The desire to still have a form of work to take part in was highlighted in the survey, with more than a third (37%) of retired Brits indicating that they believe it’s important to have something like part-time work or a hobby after retiring.
In fact, over half of the retirees polled (52%) said that they found working fun and that they missed it and 52% also agreed that one of the problems with not working is that they miss being around people.
A huge 60% also agreed with the statement that work is good for mental health.