Jump in OAPs going to work

THE NUMBER of people working beyond state pension age has almost doubled over the last 20 years, according to a survey published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In 2011, 1.4m pensioners were in work, up from 753,000 in 1993.

Of those, 32 per cent are self-employed, compared with only 13 per cent of those working below the state pension age.

The ONS said the increase could be due to improved health and the wish to be actively involved in society, as well as growing financial pressures.