Is the job for life dead?

Is the job for life dead?

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a person could expect to begin and end their career with the same company. Joining as a junior, bright eyed and bushy tailed; walking out the same door, some 40 years later, carriage clock in hand.

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Comments (3)

  • Simon Marks
    Simon Marks
    Sun, 23 Nov 2014 5:47pm GMT
    Jobs for life were a reflection of the existence of large employers and the relative lack of mobility in the past. As the number of large employers has declined and mobility has increased so people have had the need and opportunity to move jobs more often. But even with a job for life there is no guarantee of a good pension for the average at the end of their working life.

    I chose a career as an Interim Manager many years ago and while many of my ex-colleges at Ford Motors are now retiring on good pensions I never regret my decision to go for the variety and challenge of the real world rather than staying in the comfortable security of a big corporation.
  • JJH
    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 3:14pm GMT
    These retirement specialists are behind the times. Jobs for life were around in the 70s, but not since.

    LV= should try and keep up!
  • Ian Brinkley
    Ian Brinkley
    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 2:41pm GMT
    This is inaccurate. There were never jobs for life for most of the workforce, including many women and manual workers. The average employment relationship and the share of long tenure jobs in the economy measured by time with current employer is higher than in 1993, and for the past decade has been rising, not falling.