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Part time jobs in retirement

Retired but want to use your skills part time?

Read our Guide to Part Time Jobs and Work

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If you have retired from a responsible position in Industry or Government, probably don't need to work, but would still enjoy using your skills to good effect, on a part time basis, take a look at our series Reports from the Reach files.

REACH is the charity that offers a free UK-wide job-finding service to volunteers with management and professional skills with voluntary organisations needing their help. The jobs are normally part-time, local and pay only expenses. Go to their website at

REACH recruits people who have time to offer, whether they are retired, still working, between jobs or taking a career break. A team of "matchers" ensures that the jobs on offer are suited to the talents and experience of the volunteers. The match doesn’t have to be a follow-on of professional skills.

Over 10000 placements have been made since REACH was launched twenty years ago. The job-matching covers a wide range of services and professions - training, counselling, welfare, children, disability, health, the arts, emergency services and others. The volunteers' backgrounds include such areas as accountancy, financial services, marketing, PR, engineering, law, medicine, teaching, journalism, sales, social work and even airline pilots.

"Reach believe that It is a simple fact that most over fifties have abundant energy and enthusiasm which, combined with their qualifications, skills and life experience, makes them a huge asset to any voluntary organisation."

"Volunteers can choose the work pattern which suits their lifestyle, keep their career skills alive and enjoy being part of a working team doing something worthwhile. In voluntary work people are interested in what you can do - not how old you are."

Read our regular reports from the Reach files which provide examples of how Reach has placed people and the enjoyment they are getting from it.

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