CIPD urges businesses to make use of older workforce
Employment Law & HR update 09/03/2012
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has
warned that older workers will be crucial to help address the
challenges of a looming employment gap.
The business organisation has said that British employers are
facing the challenge of filling some 13.5 million jobs in the next
ten years, but only 7 million young people are expected to leave
education during that period.
A new report from the CIPD, entitled Managing a healthy ageing
workforce: A national business imperative, has urged employers to
act now to prepare for that challenge – and reap the benefits of
that preparation in the coming years.
The CIPD’s diversity adviser, Dianah Worman, said that embracing
older workers will be beneficial for business and for the wider
She explained, “Organisations that respond appropriately to the
challenges of an ageing workforce will gain a significant
competitive edge, both in terms of recruiting and retaining talent,
but also through supporting the well-being and engagement of
employees of all ages.”
Worman added that there is a very strong business case for older
workers and that their presence in a company can serve to enhance
customer service and can provide valuable knowledge retention.
She added, “With the removal of the Default Retirement Age last
October, employers are freed up to adapt their workforce to the
labour needs of the market.”
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