MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Executives may be spending more of their golden years on the job than on the golf course, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half (52 percent) of chief financial officers (CFOs) surveyed recently stated that they are delaying or reconsidering their retirement plans. The majority (62 percent) who intend to extend their working years attribute the change in plans to the economy.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources. It was conducted by an independent research firm from Dec. 17, 2008 to Jan. 14, 2009, and is based on interviews with more than 1,400 CFOs across the United States.

CFOs were asked, «How, if at all, have your retirement plans changed in the last five years?» Their responses:

  • Your retirement plans have not changed 43%
  • You plan to spend more time working than
    you did five years ago 27%
  • You have more uncertainty and cannot
    predict when you will retire 25%
  • You plan to spend fewer years working than
    you had intended five years ago 5%


CFOs who plan to spend more years working also were asked, «Which one of the following is the primary reason your retirement plans have changed?»

Their responses:

  • The economy (e.g., stock market, 401(k)) 62%
  • Social security concerns 11%
  • Healthcare system 10%
  • Change in family needs 9%
  • Renewed desire for the stimulation work provides 2%
  • Other 2%
  • Don’t know/no answer

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