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July 2005
Vol. 6, no. 7

Perspectives on Labour and Income

Job strain and retirement
Martin Turcotte and Grant Schellenberg

  • Job strain, whether caused by a heavy workload, time constraints, or conflicting demands, may be an overlooked factor in the decision to retire.
  • Older workers (aged 45 to 57) with high job strain in managerial, professional or technical jobs were much more likely to retire early than those with low job strain. For sales/services/clerical and blue-collar occupations, job strain was unrelated to retirement.
  • If job strain can be mitigated by the ability to balance demands with the power to make decisions, older workers may be more inclined to continue working.

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Martin Turcotte and Grant Schellenberg are with the Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division. Martin Turcotte can be reached at (613) 951-2290, Grant Schellenberg at (613) 951-9580 or both at

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