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Table 4 Frequency table of most important reason to take (full or partial) early retirement

From: Challenges at work and financial rewards to stimulate longer workforce participation

  Workers1 Early retirees2
Most important reason reported at baseline % (n) % (n)
Stress and pressure of work too high 9.8 (23) 6.3 (13)
Physically too heavy 6.8 (16) 5.4 (11)
Health complaints too limiting 6.8 (16) 6.3 (13)
Not motivated anymore 2.1 (5) 5.9 (12)
Nicer to spend more time on private life 59.4 (139) 27.3 (56)
Not possible anymore in the future 1.7 (4) 5.4 (11)
Having worked for many years3 2.1 (5) -
Organisational changes in company3 2.6 (6) 9.8 (20)
Arrangements that made early retirement attractive3 - 14.6 (30)
Other reason 8.5 (20) 19.0 (39)
  100% (234) 100% (205)
  1. 1This group included those with a paid job, who had not taken early retirement, but who were considering taking early retirement.
  2. 2This group included those who have already taken (partial) early retirement.
  3. 3This category was formed after clustering the answers of "other".