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Early exit from the labour market, social exclusion and marginalisation in the UK

Philip Taylor

in The changing face of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345929
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0013
Early exit from the labour market, social exclusion and marginalisation in the UK

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This chapter examines early exit and its consequences for marginalisation in the UK. In contrast to the case of the Nordic countries discussed elsewhere in this volume, early exit from the labour market has been a major cause of social exclusion and marginalisation, though not for all. In fact, it has often been aspired to and welcomed, though by a minority who are primarily from higher socioeconomic groups. British older workers are vulnerable to redundancy. This redundancy is often involuntary, and even if a person is re-employed, such employment has often been of low status and remuneration. Older workers are also over represented among the long-term unemployed and are more likely to have been claiming disability benefits for longer.

Keywords: early retirement; labour market; welfare state; social exclusion; older workers

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