Association of perceived job security and chronic health conditions with retirement in older UK and US workers.

TitleAssociation of perceived job security and chronic health conditions with retirement in older UK and US workers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsMutambudzi, M, Flowers, P, Demou, E
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
ISSN Number1464-360X
Keywordsattenuation, Chronic disease, community health centers, ELSA, epidemiologic studies, health outcomes, insecurity, labor market, Safety, Sister studies, Social Welfare, Survival Analysis, Workplace

BACKGROUND: The relationship between job insecurity, chronic health conditions (CHCs) and retirement among older workers are likely to differ between countries that have different labor markets and health and social safety nets. To date, there are no epidemiological studies that have prospectively assessed the role of job insecurity in retirement incidence, while accounting for CHC trajectories in two countries with different welfare systems. We investigated the strength of the association between baseline job insecurity and retirement incidence over an 11-year period while accounting for CHC trajectories, among workers 50-55 years of age at baseline in the UK and USA.

METHODS: We performed Cox proportional hazards regression analysis, using 2006-2016 data from the Health and Retirement Study (US cohort, n = 570) and English Longitudinal Study on Aging (UK cohort n = 1052).

RESULTS: Job insecurity was associated with retirement after adjusting for CHC trajectories (HR = 0.69, 95% CI = 0.50-0.95) in the UK cohort only. CHC trajectories were associated with retirement in both cohorts; however, this association was attenuated in the US cohort, but remained significant for the medium-increasing trajectory in the UK cohort (HR = 1.41, 95% CI = 1.01-1.97) after adjustment for all covariates. Full adjustment for relevant covariates attenuated the association between job insecurity and retirement indicating that CHCs, social and health factors are contributing mechanistic factors underpinning retirement incidence.

CONCLUSIONS: The observed differences in the two cohorts may be driven by macro-level factors operating latently, which may affect the work environment, health outcomes and retirement decisions uniquely in different settings.

Citation Key11877
PubMed ID34561693
Grant ListMC_UU_00022/2 / / Medical Research Council and Chief Scientist Office /