The report highlights why action is needed, setting out the issues of demographic change and increasing life expectancy. It also recommends action that the government, business and the media should take to help older workers to thrive and ensure individuals, industry and the overall economy can reap the financial and social benefits.
The main recommendations of the report:
Develop a cross-government strategy on older workers, including a national strategy to address skills gaps, mid-life career reviews and particularly apprenticeships for older workers.
A research programme to quantify the benefits and communications campaign targeting both employers and individuals to explain the value of fuller working lives, identifying the economic and business case, the barriers, solutions, and the support available for all.
An age and skills audit for employers – including monitoring and guarding against age bias in recruitment practices – to manage knowledge and experience in your business.
Better training to effectively manage older workers, promoting options such as flexible working, family crisis leave and menopause awareness.
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For the media
Media action to promote positive language, stories and updated images of older workers.
Make greater use of older presenters.
By 2022, there will be 700,000 fewer people aged 16 to 49 in the UK workforce but 3.7 million more people aged between 50 and state pension age.