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Confidence in job security for older workers falls by as much as 10%.

Mark Holweger - Broker and Intermediary Director - Legal & General -General Insurance
Mark Holweger
Commercial Director - Intermediated, Insurance

18 March 2013

Mark Holweger - Broker and Intermediary Director - Legal & General -General Insurance
Mark Holweger
Commercial Director - Intermediated, Insurance

Confidence in their job security for workers aged between 45 and 54 fell from 79% to 69% in January 2013
Confidence in job security for workers aged 55 and over fell by 6% from 76% to 70% in January 2013


Older workers' confidence in their job security dropped by as much as 10% in January 2013 compared with last quarter's findings, according to Legal & General's Job Security Index.  Confidence in job security for workers aged between 45 and 54 fell by 10% since October 2012 when it was 79% to just 69% in January 2013 and for workers aged 55 and over there was a 6% drop to 76% confidence in their job security, over the same period.

The ONS employment statistics due out on Wednesday 20 March 2013, are for the period November 2012 to January 2013, so the Legal & General Job Security Index is a good barometer of how those in work at that time felt about their job security.

Older workers' confidence in their job security also fell when compared with findings for the same time last year.  Among workers aged between 45 and 54, confidence in their job security in January 2013 is 3% lower than it was in January 2012 (from 72% to 69%), and for workers aged 55 and over, their job security confidence is 5% lower, when compared to last year (from 75% in January 2012 to 70% in January 2013).

Although the Index shows a decrease in job security for older workers over the last quarter, there has been an increase in confidence in job security for younger workers. Those aged between 18 and 24 were the only age group to show increased confidence in their job security since October 2012, increasing by 4%, from 76% to 80%.

Conversely, confidence in job security among the 'sandwich generation', those aged between 35 and 44, has dropped to its lowest since the Index began, falling to 70% in January 2013, from a high of 77% in October 2012.  This group are also the most likely to say that they think they will worry about how they will maintain their current standard of living in 2013 (60%), compared to a national average of 54% among all workers. Those aged between 45 and 54 are the second most likely to say that they think they will worry about how they will maintain their standard of living in 2013, with over half, (54%) saying they'll definitely or probably worry in 2013.

Mark Holweger, Director at Legal & General's general insurance business said: "Concerns about younger people being able to find employment is regularly making the headlines, but for those who are already employed, it is the older workers, who are most concerned about their future job security. With an increasing number of older workers having to continue to work for longer than they had planned* it is understandable to see them becoming increasingly worried about their future job security."

Mark Holweger continued: "What is really worrying is the drop in confidence in job security for the 'sandwich generation' - those who potentially have both children and elderly parents who are dependent on their income. The fall to 70% is an all-time low since the Job Security Index was launched last year. They are the ones most likely to have to stretch their income to cover a range of essential outgoings for their wider family members. So with such a significant number of them worried that they may not have a job to provide a steady, secure income for their families in the future, a contingency plan to pay essential bills and keep the family afloat if they were to lose their job is crucial."

Notes to editors

Sources: The Legal & General Job Security Index is based on research conducted for Legal & General by YouGov of 2686 UK representative employed adults, either employed full or part-time or self-employed, over the period 3rd - 6th January 2013. Additional interviews were conducted in order to boost the number of respondents in Wales (to 563), Scotland (to 587), London (to 434), Leeds (to 208), Manchester (to 312) and Birmingham (185). Previous research has been conducted on behalf of Legal & General by You Gov as part of the Job Security Index of 2587 employed UK adults in January 2012, 2491 employed UK adults between, 27-30 March 2012, 3,033 employed adults in July 2012 and 2504 employed adults September-October 2012. All surveys were carried out online.

* http://www.saga.co.uk/money/work-and-retirement/older-people-working-longer.aspx

Table comparing the confidence in job security split by age group:

Date% of all working adults who are confident about their job security% of 18-24 year olds who are confident about their job security% of all 25-34 year olds who are confident about their job security% of 35-44 year olds who are confident about their job security% of 45-54 year olds who are confident about their job security% of 55+ year olds who are confident about their job security
 Jan-1275 8178737275
 Apr-1273 79  8074 66 71 
 Jul-1275 79  7874 69 76 
 Oct-1278 76 
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