Tags: Age discrimination

ONS figures show older employees choose to stay in work

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have revealed that Britain’s workforce grew by 24,000 to 29.76 million from February to April compared with the previous quarter, predominantly down to a rise in the number of pensioners seeking work or delaying retirement. The number of workers in Britain aged over 65 has risen above 1 million…

John McCririck: “I was sacked because I was too old”

John McCririck, the former presenter on Channel 4 Racing, told an employment tribunal that he had been the victim of a “vendetta” against him by the “suits and skirts” in charge of the television company. The 73-year-old claims he was sacked from Channel 4 Racing last October without any explanation because they wanted to hire…

Discrimination forcing early retirement, says expert

Discrimination and short-sightedness is at the root of a growing army of unemployed over 50’s at a time when the mature workforce need more income, according to Cognitive Neuroscientist and Business Improvement Strategist, Dr Lynda Shaw. “We all know that experience comes with age, but in business, experience is often put to one side because…

Report shows pros and cons of ageing workforce

Over a quarter of employers have seen an increase in absence rates or age related health conditions since the removal of the default retirement age (DRA), according to research from Group Risk Development (Grid). Despite this though, its ‘Group risk employer research study 2012’ suggests that an ‘ageless’ workforce does have its benefits. In the…

Dr Lynda Shaw: Ageing raises tough questions

With the pros and cons of an ageing population, retirement and people working longer regularly and fiercely debated in the media and political arenas, cognitive neuroscientist and age diversity specialist, Dr Lynda Shaw, conducted detailed research to find out more about people’s attitudes to ageing in the workplace. Retirement The majority of survey respondents said…

Survey says over 60’s are least important in workplace

A survey carried out by Dr Lynda Shaw has revealed that 66% of people believe that age alone could be a barrier for getting a job, suggesting that negative opinions surrounding age still exist in the workplace. The study, conducted to discover more about people’s attitudes to ageing in the workplace, found that 46% of…

‘Not retiring could make you healthier’

According to Cognitive Neuroscientist and Business Improvement Strategist, Dr Lynda Shaw, people approaching retirement should consider staying in employment longer in order to age more healthily. In recent months the news has been plagued with stories surrounding an ageing population, and Shaw says that staying in work will make you healthier because it instils self-worth…

Commission welcomes age regulations

The Equality and Human Rights Commission welcomes the ban on age discrimination in services which comes into force today in England, Wales and Scotland. Evidence gathered by the Commission shows how many older people suffer ill-treatment and discrimination due to their age. Many older people told the Commission that care workers treated them badly, based…

New EBacc may hamper plans to raise participation age, researchers say

Government plans to compel all young people to remain in education or training until at least their 18th birthday seem certain to encounter substantial obstacles and will be further complicated by the proposal to replace GCSEs with an English Baccalaureate from 2015, say researchers at the Institute of Education. From next summer, young people in…

Ageing workforce health issues to impact UK business

29% of employers are already seeing a rise in the average age of employees 37% of employers expect to see their workforce get older in the future 38% believe that ageing workforce health issues will impact their company Aviva’s annual Health of the Workplace1 report reveals that companies are already starting to see a change…

Nursing home owners fined after death of elderly resident

Two nursing home owners have been fined after an elderly resident died following a fall from a hoist. Annie Bradley was being transported in a sling from her bed to a specialist chair at Harley House Nursing Home on 19 July 2008. During the manoeuvre Miss Bradley fell to the floor, hitting her head. The…