While new age discrimination regulations may enable us to work later in life, many Britons simply don't want to, new research reveals.
The survey from health care solutions company HSA found that only 15 per cent of the 1,000 workers polled would definitely consider working beyond the current retirement age.
Around 33 per cent said that they definitely would not consider working later in life, while a prudent 21 per cent said they didn't want to continue working beyond the current retirement age, yet they might have to.
Those aged over 55 were the most inclined towards working beyond current retirement age, with 17 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women saying they would definitely work longer.
Head of corporate marketing at HSA, Suzanne Clarkson said: "The new regulations around age discrimination, which come into force on 1st October 2006, are designed to help ensure that people of all ages are given the same opportunities.
"It also means that individuals can choose to work beyond the current age of retirement, however our research shows that there is little appetite for this."
Around 50 per cent of respondents said that they would consider working beyond the current retirement age if their employer paid for their healthcare.