Research has revealed a significant dichotomy of opinion between UK employees and employers concerning retirement ages.

A survey conducted by the Manpower employment consultancy of over 2,000 companies showed that 52% of them would encourage employees to work beyond 65 years. However 81% of employees said they had no intention of working beyond the traditional retirement age.

The impact of an ageing population looks set to create problems. There is a notable difference between employers and workers concerning the future age of the workplace, the report said.

The Manpower research comes as the UK government is preparing to release its white paper on pension reform this spring. The government-appointed Pensions Commission, headed by Lord Turner, has already proposed raising the state retirement age by up to three years (to 68) as part of a possible solution to the savings crisis.