Aug 9, 2018
Chamber Chief Executive Rob Johnston explains how businesses can hang on to older workers and bring the best out of them.
By 2030, half of all adults in the UK will be aged over 50. In parts of Cumbria the proportion will be higher still.
Our ‘super-ageing’ population means that the working-age population is projected to shrink by 20,000 over the next two decades, making it progressively harder for employers to recruit staff.
One solution is to retain older workers for longer by persuading them to put retirement plans on hold.
In this podcast Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, looks at how employers can recruit, retain and retrain older workers, and harness their skills and experience to promote business growth.
The British Chambers of Commerce has worked with the Department for Work and Pensions, Aviva UK and the charity Business in the Community on materials to help employers accommodate the needs of older workers.
A toolkit looks at the policies and procedures employers can put in place. There are is also a video and toolkits on specific issues, for example on incentivising older workers through means other than a pay, plus factsheets, research and case studies.