Jobs for the over 60s

Are you over 60 and looking for a new job? Are you worried that your age might narrow down the field of opportunities, or be an issue when going for interviews? This article looks at the types of roles that might suit you – and how to land them.

older woman in her 50's discussing her career options


Whether they’ve retired or not yet, many people are looking for jobs and career opportunities for the over 60s.

The good news is that jobs for people of these ages are plentiful and employers are increasingly recognising the value that mature workers can bring to their teams and businesses.

Equality laws mean that it’s illegal for companies not to hire someone for a job purely because of their age, so you should have as much chance of landing a good job as anyone else – if not more, thanks to your life experience and past career.

Best jobs for seniors over 60

You should be able to apply for most types of job, depending on your skills and experience, but there are certain roles that are might be more appealing to older workers.

To narrow down the field, take time to think about what you want from your new job. Would you be looking for part-time hours or flexible working? How much would you want to earn? Do you enjoy working with people, managing queries and talking to the public, or do you prefer to work on your own?

Finding the best jobs for 60 + year olds is actually not really about your age. Much more important are your skills, work experience and interests. Think about your life achievements and things you can talk about in a job interview to highlight your aptitude for a role.

For example, if you’re a keen gardener, you will add a lot of value to customers in applying for a job at a garden centre. Or if you’ve worked in a customer facing role before you can bring those skills to any job dealing with the public.

How to find jobs for 60+ year olds

It’s pretty simple to find job vacancies in your local area. While it’s tempting just to Google “part time jobs for over 60s near me” – it’s more effective to use a job website.

Most job websites make it easy to narrow down available roles by job type, location, full time vs part-time and industry sector. Try not to be too specific in what you look for at first, so that you get a good sense of the kind of jobs out there and what might suit you. If there are hundreds to trawl through, use the search filters to reduce the list.

When you find a job that you think might suit you, just click the ‘apply now’ button. You will usually need to complete a few details and attach a copy of your CV. Worried about ageism? Check out our tips to avoid age discrimination on your cv.

How easy is it to find part time jobs when you are over 60?

The ease of finding suitable jobs for mature workers depends on the type of job you’re interested in doing. If it is part time work you are looking for as you would like to ease  back from full time work, then certain sectors often have more part time opportunities, including retail, healthcare, education and the public sector.

It may also depend on where you live in the UK. If you’re not having much luck finding part time roles which suit you on the general job websites, take a look at sites that are more focused on job opportunities for mature workers, like At workingwise all the employers advertising their jobs are open to applications from older workers.

The other option is to apply for a full time job that matches your skills and experience perfectly, and ask whether part-time working might be an option. You have nothing to lose!

Also bear in mind that flexible jobs might be another appealing option for you. Flexibility can take lots of forms, and more companies than ever are advertising their flexible working policies and options so it is worth investigating.

Finally, if you need a refresher on typical interview questions, these tips should be useful.

Comments [9]

  • DAVID SCOTT says:

    l am very interested in part-time employment jobs close to Ascot, Berkshire and historically conducted commercial activities with clinical conditions Asthma, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and have a detailed CV

  • tracey middleton says:

    i am looking for home based work

  • Geoffrey Kirkby says:

    I would like to change my career . I have been employed as a postman for over 40years outdoors with the public. I don’t drive, as many jobs require drivers. I have in the past trained as a works first aider. and an NVQ2 so I am willing to learn now skills.
    Viewing your advertisement might be the opportunity I need.

  • Linda Irving says:

    Hi Lorna!

    I am 62 and took early retirement from HSBC in 2013 after a 35 year career to look after my Mum and pursue my History degree. I graduated last year. I have had interviews with English Heritage and The National Archives (which is where I really want to work), but haven’t been successful in securing a position yet. Most companies use the ATS system (Applicant Tracking System), which screens applicants for interview. I have been on a couple of employability courses which have helped me to understand how to apply for jobs and get through to the interview process. Strive Training is excellent. May be worth checking for free employability courses in your area. Age shouldn’t be a barrier to finding a job, though ageism is hidden I’m afraid, albeit illegal. Given that I am responding to your message 7 months after you wrote it, I hope that you have managed to find work by now. I just keep applying for jobs that I think I am suitable for. One will turn up.

  • Russell Schoeman says:

    I can relate to the comment from Lorna Rodham (20 Sept). I have submitted numerous applications and rarely receive a response and believe my date of birth on the application immediately ends the process.
    I moved to the UK 18 months ago to care for my aged step-father who is 90 and resident in Grantham. I have a permit to work, but at 63 am likely seen to be well past my ‘best before’ date. I am starting over at an age when others are considering retirement.
    Fortunately, I am in excellent health and still quite capable of physical work. I am currently working long hours on minimun wage having taken the first paying job that arose to ensure an income. But the search for a more favourable opportunity continues.

    • Carol Phillips says:

      Incredible….our stories are the same. I too returned from abroad to assist my elderly mother. At 64, I am working full time in education at the minimum wage just to get by. I am, by profession, a graphic design consultant but at my age, there is no hope to get back into that industry.

  • Lorna Roddham says:

    After being made redundant in December at 64 years old I’ve spent 8 months applying for jobs part time and full time.
    I spend hours each day applying for jobs and most companies don’t bother replying.
    After 48 years working in retail I thought I might at least get an interview
    I truly believe its down to age ,I could retire in just over a year,and I’m sure employer’s must take this into account.

  • Mr M Quigley says:

    My age does not bother me having been engaged in the Martial Arts for 20 years +
    and still training every day my fitness levels are high have no intention of retiring and wish to continue working in the self employed sector for the next 10 years and actively looking for work in this sector have some professional and current certifications to confirm my abilities on a number of levels

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