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Firms pledge to recruit more over-50s

Makbool Javaid

Aviva, Barclays and six other firms have agreed to promote over-50s employment by publishing data about the age of their workforce. The BBC report they are responding to a call from the government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, Andy Briggs, who has asked firms to increase older worker numbers by 12% by 2022.  Briggs warned that by then, there will be 14.5m more jobs, but only 7m younger workers entering the workplace. Briggs wants companies to publish data about the age of their workforce to help ensure his target is met. The eight companies that have signed up are: Aviva, Atos, Barclays, the Co-operative Group, Home Instead Senior Care, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Mercer and Walgreens Boots Alliance. The data shows Aviva as having 18.3% of its workforce between 50 and 64, Barclays with 17% and the Co-op Group having 26%.

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