Tags: Over 50s

Over 50s account for half of the dramatic increase in self-employment

Self-employment accounts for 44 per cent of the net rise in employment since mid- 2010, with pensioners, part-time workers and ‘odd-jobbers’ the fastest growing groups of Britain’s new self-employed workforce, the TUC says today (Monday) ahead of the latest employment figures published later this week. The TUC analysis shows that despite self-employment being a relatively…

Urgent action needed to help people to work for longer

The UK economy will be under enormous strain, employers will not have the skilled workforces they need and people will be much poorer in retirement, unless urgent action is taken to support people to stay working longer, says the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). They believe an important part of the solution is…

Julie Windsor: The great age debate – why the over 50s should not be overlooked by recruiters

A recent HR survey carried out with almost 300 HR professionals revealed one particularly worrying statistic: that only 17% of respondents believed their organisations would be likely to look at the 50+ age bracket for future recruitment. With Government records indicating that 36% of the working population will be over 50 by 2020, this is…

Younger workers can benefit from strong work ethic of older generation, says Richard Shea of Futurestep

Recent research from Censuswide and Slater & Gordon has revealed that age discrimination in the work place is still rife, with 42 per cent of people over 40 believing they would be passed over for promotion due to their age. Not only that, but the survey of 2,000 workers over 40 years old, found that…

Brits feel their career nosedives from age 54

Brits feel invisible in the workplace at the age of 54, a new study has revealed. Researchers have identified the exact point when the nation’s workforce consider that their career prospects are negatively impacted by their age. This is the point when Brits feel that they are more at risk of redundancy, being passed over…

France must do more to promote quality jobs for older workers, says OECD

Promoting quality employment for older workers is crucial to boosting growth and ensuring a financially sustainable pension system, according to a new OECD report on ageing and employment policies in France. Working Better with Age in France emphasises that the transition from employment to retirement comes especially early and poses problems for many older workers. Between…

73% of over 50s believe they have been denied a job due to their age

83% of jobseekers over the age of 60 believe they have been rejected for a job because of their age, according to new research from leading UK jobs website totaljobs.com. Also, nearly three quarters (73%) of those aged 51-60 think they’ve been knocked back from a job due to their age. 57% of over 60 year…

55% of over 55s peeved off with business jargon

Office workers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the excessive use of business jargon in the workplace, a survey from Jurys Inn Hotels and CrossCountry trains has revealed. It seems Brits are far from ‘thinking outside the box’ when it comes to communicating in the workplace, with over a third (39%) of office workers regarding the…

60% of Over-50s have to juggle caring responsibilities with their jobs

With two in five women over the age of 50 also the mothers of school-age children, the TUC is urging employers to be more sympathetic to requests for flexible working and annual leave from older members of staff – especially during the school holidays. The TUC survey of older workers – conducted as part of…

Outplacement services are not working for the over 40s

Profound changes in the job market mean that corporate outplacement no longer works for employees, large businesses or recruitment agencies and needs to be rethought, says Maite Barón, CEO of The Corporate Escape. Though existing outplacement services are meant to find executives and managers similar roles to ones they’ve just left, this makes everyone a loser.…

Recovering from redundancy much harder for over-50s

Nearly half of the over-50s workers made redundant in the past three years have yet to find a new job, new research from leading independent over-55s adviser Key Retirement Solutions shows. And two-thirds of those who have found other work have had to take a pay cut in order to get back into employment. The research paints…