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Unfinished Business: Barriers and opportunities for older workers

by on August 21, 2012

This is the title of a study by independent think tank, the Resolution Foundation. The UK is 15th of the 34 member countries in the OECD in terms of employment rates for older workers. As Gavin Kelly, Chief Executive of the Foundation, says ”Older workers have fared comparatively well in our jobs market in the last decade but the truth is we’re still nowhere near the podium internationally”.

The study argues that there is a strong desire – and a strong need, particularly for those on low to middle incomes – for longer working lives.

It identifies six key barriers to be overcome to support greater employment amongst the over 50s:

–    Lack of adequate financial incentives to remain in, or return to, work
–    Significant caring responsibilities
–    Lack of employment support to move back into work, including training
–    Limited access to flexible working opportunities
–    Continued prevalent age discrimination
–    Poor health

More information, and a copy of the study, available from this link.

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