It would appear that far from discriminating against older workers employers are actively seeking them out. The news comes well ahead of the new legislation coming into force in October 2006 outlawing discrimination on account of age.
There was a fear that employers would seek to ‘lose’ older employees in advance of the legislation (see story in Knowledgebase entitled ‘New age rules - another barrier to employment’) but according to new research businesses are increasingly looking to older employees to overcome skills gaps. A recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development report found 70% of employers were actively looking to recruit people aged between 55 and retirement age.
Another 31% said they were seeking workers already entitled to receive the state pensions. And around 40% of jobs created in the past 12 months were filled by people old enough to draw a pension.
The poll of 800 public, private and voluntary sector organisations also revealed most firms see the value of younger workers with 74% actively trying to recruit 16-24 year olds.
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