Abolishment of the default retirement age


From 6th April 2011 employers were no longer allowed to issue new notifications of retirement using the default retirement age and the statutory retirement procedure was abolished. 

Employers that wish to prescribe a compulsory retirement age may do so only if it is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.

A transitional period applies to notifications of retirement issued on or before 5 April 2011 where the employee reaches the age of 65 on or before 30 September 2011.

Employers may no longer prohibit job applicants from applying for a job if they are aged 65 or over, or are within six months of the age of 65. However, employers may limit access to group-risk insured benefits to people aged under 65.