While almost 50 per cent of ASRAM respondents believe that they will need to work longer than preferred, with the main reason being insufficient financial resources, people in occupations anticipating early retirement ages were disproportionately unlikely to feel that way.
Appendix A: Socio-demographic characteristics of ASRAM respondents (Labour Force Active) Variable Frequency Percentage n % Gender (N=2,501) (i) Male 1085 43.
the ASCO 2006) for this paper, because at the time of coding the ASRAM data the new ASCO had not been converted for electronic searching.
4) Similarly, when the ASRAM data were coded, the relevant 2006 Census data had not been released; thus it was necessary to work with the 2001 classifications.
The ASRAM study collected data on attitudes to, and interaction with, current and new retirement policy along three different dimensions.
To test current policies aimed at encouraging older workers to defer retirement the ASRAM survey asked specifically about workers' knowledge of, and planned usage of: the Pension Bonus Scheme; transition to retirement measures; and the removal of tax on superannuation payments for workers retiring after the age of 60.
To-assess workers' knowledge on this change, ASRAM respondents were initially asked how aware they were of the measure.
As a comparative measure the ASRAM study posed questions on two central themes of this topic: the difficulty of maintaining age pension schemes in the face of larger proportions of retirees; and how to address emerging national labour force shortages.
As in the BIB study, ASRAM respondents were asked to nominate their first and second preference policy options.