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When asked how soon they think they can retire from their current job, more than one-in-ten (12 percent) respondents said they don't think they'll ever be able to retire. Other responses included:
1-2 years – 27 percent
3-4 years – 20 percent
5-6 years – 27 percent
7-8 years – 6 percent
9-10 years – 5 percent
More than 10 years – 4 percent
There is good news for mature workers who are putting off retirement. Employers are looking to hire more seasoned staff, with 48 percent of employers planning to hire workers age 50-plus this year, according to the survey. Forty-four percent said they hired workers age 50-plus in 2012. Seventy-six percent of the employers surveyed would consider an application from an overqualified worker who is 50-plus, with 59 percent of employers saying mature candidates bring a wealth of knowledge to an organization and can mentor others.
"We're seeing more than three quarters of mature workers putting off retirement, largely due to financial concerns, but also as a personal decision made by people who enjoy their work," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "The majority of workers who have talked with their bosses about staying on past retirement found their companies to be open to retaining them. If you're approaching retirement age but hope to continue working, an open line of communication is very important."