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Friday 9 September 2011

Employment of older workers 'needs to be embraced'

It is important that companies make an effort to take on older workers and the government makes this easier to do so their considerable skillsets and experience can be harnessed, it has been claimed.

According to Sarah Gordon, chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's Diversity and Inclusion Forum, while there have been improvements in recent years of attitudes towards employing older workers, a number of barriers have yet to be broken down.

She added that a "systematic and integrated" approach to employing older workers needs to be embraced.

Age UK policy adviser Christopher Brooks said that some employers are wrongly rejecting skilled older candidates for jobs for no other reason than their age.

"These businesses are excluding hundreds of thousands of people who have valuable expertise, skills and knowledge. These businesses need to be aware of the benefits that older workers can bring," he added.

Firms need to embrace the ageing workforce as an opportunity, not as a threat, the expert explained.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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