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DWP publish guide to employing older workers

The DWP has published 'Employing older workers' – an employer’s guide to today’s multi-generational workforce.

The Guide highlights that over 50s form 27% of the current workforce. By 2020 it will be a third. The DWP argue that employers need to make the most of this resource by maximising the skills and productive contribution of all their workers – younger and older – especially in the current economic climate. The guidance is drawn from employers who report clear business benefits from effectively managing an ageing multi-generational workforce.

This is all the more relevant now that many employees are looking to work up to age 65 or beyond, and employers can no longer compulsorily retire their employees unless it can be objectively justified. The guidance provides answers to employer questions and offers non-bureaucratic solutions tried and tested by employers of various sectors and sizes. It also addresses misconceptions about employing older workers concerning productivity, up-skilling, health and ‘blocking’ opportunities for younger workers.

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