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Category: Blogger's Corner, training, age, Support, society, Opportunity, Policies, solution, older worker, skills gap, inclusive employment, projection
There are no easy answers to fixing the skills gap in the UK employment market that we talked about last week. We need diverse and inclusive policies. We need opportunities for training. Part of that solution is supporting older workers.
That’s a simple matter of demographics. Older persons will need to form a larger part of the workforce as our society ages. Between December 2017 and February 2018, just under 1.2 million people over the age of 65 were in work. That’s 10.2% of the entire age group. If this figure grows in line with projections then that number will double by 2022.
Age-inclusive employment policies
We don’t actually need to cater to the needs of older workers. In fact, when it comes to employment, there are very few differences between the preferences of older and young persons. Research from the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation, says older workers look for employment that is personally meaningful and flexible. They look for opportunities that are intellectually stimulating, sociable and age-inclusive.
The data also showed that attitudes have become increasingly important. Older workers are more likely to stay in work if they feel like:
This is a source close to our own heart. We believe in helping people access work that’s valuable. And responsive to the needs of the employee. All employees. In fact, we echo again the conclusions of the research. It’s important. There are very few differences between the preferences of older and young workers. Flexibility. Purpose. Opportunities.
Good employers for older persons
Employers that want to nurture and support an age-inclusive environment can:
Age-inclusive employment policy shouldn’t be built to work for any one particular group. There has to be an age-diverse culture that values all age groups. Prejudice - whether against older, younger or any type of person - has to be removed.
Want to work in a proudly inclusive environment? Search vacancies with our socially-conscious employers here.