I recently came across a study by Capita Resourcing that found that, despite the over 50s now making up a third of the UK workforce, 74% of older workers felt employers don’t do enough to recruit them.
The researchers received contributions from 1,000 workers over 55 together with 100 senior HR professionals.
Over one third of the workers (39%) said that they had experienced bias towards younger members of staff in the workplace and 73% felt employers are not doing enough to tap into their knowledge and skill sets.
Sadly the majority of older workers do not feel they are respected in the workplace, while around a third (32%) feel they have been side lined with 17% believing they have been passed over for promotion simply because of their age.
94% of businesses claim employing older workers could be the key to bridging the skills gap but only one in five (23%) is actively looking to employ people over 50.
Meanwhile the Government is clearly convinced that people need to stay in work for longer as evidenced by the pension age rising again. 79% of employers say that the Government has not given enough thought as to how raising the retirement age will impact on businesses.
If you want to discuss how your company can attract older workers and benefit from their experience and skill sets, call me now on 03300 884352 for an informal chat.