Britain’s ‘Silver Surfers’ are choosing to work from home instead of retiring

When we think of the term retirement, our minds conjure up visions of no more early starts, month-long holidays and indulging in your favourite hobbies to your heart’s content. Yet as new figures are showing (, not everyone is choosing to automatically retire when they hit 65.

Since the abolition of the default retirement age, there has been a 36 percent increase in the number of pensioners still working post their 65th birthday. Indeed, there are now over 1 million people over 65 working in the UK and, whilst some may argue that this is partly due to people not being able to afford to retire, there are a growing number of pensioners who simply don’t want to. What’s more, many retirees are not necessarily choosing to stay in the same job and similarly many are opting not to continue to work for somebody else. In just five years, the number of people aged 65 and over who are declaring themselves to be self-employed has nearly doubled to an all-time high of 428,000. And whilst past statistics suggested that previous generations’ working pensioners were often taxi drivers or builders, today there are rising numbers of elderly doing more scientific and technical work. (

Britain’s ‘Silver Surfers’ are choosing to work from home instead of retiringThis entrepreneurial trend is being further bolstered by an increasing number of over 65’s who are taking to the internet and growing in confidence with modern technology. A recent iProspect study, “The Ageless Internet: From Silver Surfers to Golden Geeks”, revealed that confidence in technology and internet usage is just as high in the over 50s as it is amongst 30-49 year olds. There is a huge gap between what we perceive pensioners’ understanding of technology to be and what they are actually doing. We are coming to the end of an age-based divide, with the over 50’s claiming to be just as confident online as their younger counterparts (

We’re pleased to report that a proportion of these digitally savvy pensioners are putting their skills to use as Arise agents. By setting up as Independent Business Owners, they are benefiting from the flexibility and earning potential that the Arise work from home model has to offer. A far cry from the doldrums of traditional 9 to 5 careers, our nation of Silver Surfers are working from home during hours to suit them and boosting their retirement pots in the process. Do you want to keep busy after retirement, learn new skills and continue to earn money all from the comfort of your own home? Then why not call Arise today?