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29% rise in demand for talented people

Professional recruitment firms now have 29% more vacancies on their books than this time last year according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). This increase in opportunities coincides with the latest research from the Institute of Leadership ...
Posted on Jan 22, 2015 at 18:37

48% of over 50s want to work until they are 65 to 70

Almost half of employees (48%) over the age of 50 want to keep working between the age of 65 and 70, according to new research from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The independent YouGov study, which surveyed more than 2,000 retired and non-retired people aged over 50, also reveal...
Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 15:07

Should you not mention O Levels on a CV?

Older jobseekers are being told to avoid putting O-levels on their CV because they may suffer age discrimination for holding old-style qualifications. There were cases of older people altering their job applications after suffering “constant rejection” it is claimed. O-levels,...
Posted on Jan 19, 2015 at 14:55

High wealth for the over 50s

While many Britons are still recovering from the financial crisis, the over-50s are enjoying record levels of wealth, figures show. New analysis found older people now enjoy a greater proportion of everything from property wealth to stocks and shares than they did in 2008. Saga, which com...
Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:52

People want to work to 70 says government

Most older workers are giving up the traditional idea of retirement and "want" to keep working into their seventies, ministers say. In a study commissioned for the Government, just 17 per cent of people in their fifties said that stopping work entirely at age 60 or 65 was the "...
Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 10:49

37% of employees want to change job in 2015

Thinking about changing your job this year? You're not the only one.    More than a third of UK workers – 37 per cent – are hoping to leave their current job in 2015, nearly double the amount of people this time last year (19 per cent) ...
Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 14:16

Skills shortage pushes wages up

2015 could be the best year yet for anyone looking to switch jobs, as pay soars amid a skills shortage, according to figures by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The report, in conjunction with KPMG, found that a lack of suitable candidates has pushed pay up across the board...
Posted on Jan 9, 2015 at 14:10

Over 50s to be offered skills training in government trial

As part of an initiative to help older people into employment, the UK government has launched a plan to offer training to those aged over 50. There are an estimated 1.2 million people aged over 50 who are unemployed and willing to work. If they all found jobs, they would collectively contribu...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 12:23

Over 50s employer advisory group to meet

Older workers’ champion Ros Altmann’s next employer advisory group meeting to tackle over 50s unemployment is to take place next week. Altmann was appointed last summer by the Department for Work and Pensions as older workers tsar to address the problem of unemployment among over ...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 12:16

Boost your pension by working a couple of years longer

Older employees could top up their nest eggs by thousands of pounds if they stayed on for two or three years past retirement age, according to a top government adviser. Ros Altmann is calling today for a retirement revolution after new research showed many older people want to work. Dr Al...
Posted on Dec 30, 2014 at 12:06

Government promises help to jobseeking over 50s

Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work. The trial will also include seven "older worker champions" across the UK. An estimated 1.2 million over-50s are unemployed and...
Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 10:15

Inquiry set up to look at work opportunities for over 50s

A National Assembly Committee has been established to undertake an inquiry into employment opportunities for older people in Wales. The Committee will look at the effectiveness of the Welsh Government's Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-23 in assisting older people into work. It...
Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 14:25

Government to invest £1.2million helping over 50s get back to work

Steve Webb, pensions minister, has called on companies to stop being ageist and hire more older workers as he says £1.2million pilot schemes will get over-50s back into jobs. Companies should stop being ageist and hire more older workers because they are reliable, well-presented and tur...
Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 15:02

Skills development for older workers

By 2020 those aged 50 and over will make up a third of the UK’s workforce. The trend, driven by demographic changes and the increasing propensity of older workers to work through and beyond the official retirement age, underlines the increasing importance of older workers to the UK econ...
Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 14:56

Over 50s missing out on £11billion of discounts

The majority of over 50s are confused by discount vouchers or cash back offers worth a staggering £11.4 billion*. The research by Silversurfers.com, the over 50s online community, lifestyle website and social network, found that 62% of those surveyed had never used an online discount vo...
Posted on Dec 7, 2014 at 11:57

Older workers make great employees

There are business advantages to employing over 50s, including higher motivation and emotional stability. “The perception people have when you mention over 50s workers, is that they think of tech illiteracy, low skills base and crumbling health,” says jobs matchmaker Jonathan Coll...
Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 14:31

Older workers are key to Britain's economic growth

Figures show an extra 235,000 people aged 50-64 are in work compared with last year, adding £2.35billion to the country’s coffers. They are seen as vital to filling the skills gap faced by many companies. The Department for Work and Pensions statistics show over-50s account fo...
Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 13:39

Jobless total falls by 115,000 in the latest quarter

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell by over 100,000 between July and September, new figures have shown. A record number of people are currently in work after the jobless total fell by 115,000 to 1.96 million - the lowest figure since the start of the year. Employment increased ...
Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 15:14

Over 50s taking to entrepreneurship

The over-50s are the ones to watch when it comes to start-ups and new pension freedom rules mean an extra opportunity to tap into cash for business ideas. A recent report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor highlighted this age group as being increasingly entrepreneurial. Start-up ac...
Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:33

Technology is putting 10 million jobs at risk

Around 10 million jobs could be lost over the next 20 years due to computers and robotics taking over the roles, according to a joint report by Deloitte and Oxford University. The research suggested that low-paid, repetitive jobs are more likely to go, with people earning less than £30,...
Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:30

Skills shortage affecting UK economy

The UK economy is suffering from a skills shortage among small businesses Suitable candidates are proving hard to come by for small companies The UK economy is losing out on £18 billion due to 520,000 job vacancies that small companies are unable to fill due to a lack of relevant skills...
Posted on Nov 7, 2014 at 11:08

Just 3% of over 50s think advertising targets them

October 24, 2014: A study conducted by Research Now for the over-50 online community High50 has found that just 3% of the older demographic believe advertising is aimed at them. The research entitled ‘The 50+ Project’ asked 50- to 65-year-olds their thoughts on a range of topics i...
Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 11:22

UK skills shortage costs businesses £'000s

The skills shortage is an oft-cited obstacle for small firms, but now new research has found each bad hire costs businesses £13,799. Ouch. The research, by Sandler training, found a shortage of good applications means over half of small businesses admit to having made bad hires. More th...
Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 11:16

2million 50 to 70 year olds looking for work

Despite the Government’s ambition to support over-50s in the UK labour market, more than two million 50-70 year old retirees are looking for suitable work but cannot find it. The findings come from the release of the first results of NAPF's new research series ‘Understanding ...
Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 10:18

Unemployment at lowest level since 2008

The number of people unemployed people in the UK has fallen below two million for the first time in five years in the three months to the end of August. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said the number of unemployed people of working age fell by 154,000 during the period. It means the ...
Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:45
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