August 2nd, 2017.

Over 50s now form a third of the UK workforce, but three in four older workers feel that employers aren’t doing enough to recruit them.

New research from Capita Resourcing examined the attitudes of 1,002 workers over the age of 55, as well as 100 senior HR professionals. It reveals that over a third of older workers have experienced bias towards the younger generation in the workplace, and 73 per cent say that employers aren’t doing enough to tap into their knowledge and skills.

While the majority of older workers say that they do generally feel respected at work, as many as one-third feel sidelined, and 17 per cent say they have been passed over for promotion because of their age. And despite almost all UK businesses believing older workers could be the key to bridging the skills gap, only one in five are currently looking to the over 50s to grow their business.

“The UK’s older working population is set to increase rapidly in the coming years, whilst at the same time, the number of skilled school-leavers will continue to struggle to fill employment gaps. Yet with eyes focused on technology and innovation, few businesses have older workers on their agenda, leading to a huge missed opportunity,” Chris Merrick, director at Capita Resourcing, says. “It’s time for a recalibration of what it means to be an older worker – these employees want to be challenged, not sidelined.”

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