Paul Green, spokesman for the over-50s group Saga, said: "They have a range of experience both of work but more importantly of life, so they can apply that experience to the job that they're in, and provide a balance in the workplace."
He added that employers appreciate this experience, adding that knowledge cannot be bought off the shelf, it has to be acquired over time.
The comments follow research by Institute of Geriatrics at the University of Montreal which found that people over-55s use their brains more effectively than younger members of staff.
The findings contradict previous theories - and popular beliefs - that suggest our brains deteriorate with age, making us less able to make reasoned decisions.
"Older people can also be more reliable and more flexible. I think that's certainly very appealing to employers at the moment," Mr Green added.
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Source: The Sales Executive News