|Title||Phased retirement programs, although uncommon, provide flexibility for workers and employers|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||United States Government Accountability Office,|
|Series Title||Reports & Testimonies|
|Institution||U.S. Government Accountability Office|
|Keywords||Bridge employment, Government, Phased retirement, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction|
Participation of older workers in the labor market has increased in the last decade, according to GAO analysis. Further, most individuals ages 61 to 66 who were still working maintained a full-time work schedule. However, although about a quarter of workers in this age group had planned to reduce hours as they transitioned to retirement, fewer than 15 percent subsequently reported being partly retired or gradually retiring from their career jobs.
While no nationally representative data on the prevalence of phased retirement exist, GAO's review of studies and interviews with retirement experts indicate that formal phased retirement programs are relatively uncommon. Of those that are offered, they are more common among employers with larger or technical and professional workforces, such as education, consulting, and high-tech, according to studies GAO reviewed (see table). Nine of 16 experts GAO interviewed explained that industries with skilled workers or with labor shortages are motivated to offer phased retirement because their workers are hard to replace.