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Record UK employment making many employers recruit older workers aged over 50

Where are the best places to find jobseekers aged over 50 is a question often asked by a desperate employer who has had enough of the unreliability of younger employees. The growing shortage of quality job applicants aged under 40 is prompting many recruiters and employers to work out ways of...
Posted on May 21, 2019 at 12:12

How do I recruit an experienced older worker aged over 50?

“How do I recruit an experienced older worker aged over 50?” is a question many employers ask themselves when they are fed up with the unreliability, naivety and unrealistic expectations of many younger recruits. Employers and recruiters come to specialist over50s jobsites like Sk...
Posted on May 21, 2019 at 11:57

Older workers want to work flexibly and for most it's more important than salary

The attitudes of workers towards salary and benefits in 2019 are fast becoming a very different to those held by their counterparts as little as 20 years ago. The belief that salary is the biggest motivator for employees is now seen to be outdated as soft benefits become more important. C...
Posted on May 17, 2019 at 13:01

Recruiters ignore older experienced workers in moves to fill skills gaps

SkilledPeople.com has uncovered the fact that employers are continuing to ignore the advantages of employing older, experienced people to fill skills gaps. The evidence for this lies in the CIPD's current Labour Market Report. Within the Report it states that skills shortages are particul...
Posted on May 14, 2019 at 17:02

Older workers are not aware of their travelling time rights

A recent study by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has found that 40% of workers believe that they cannot claim for travelling time getting to and from assignments.   Of all those unaware of this benefit, some 52% of older workers aged 55 – 64 were le...
Posted on May 14, 2019 at 16:50

UK Over 50s Drive Employment Increases

In the past ten years, the number of people employed in the UK has risen by over 3 million, with nearly 80% of this growth made up of those who are over 50, official data has revealed. Last month, The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published figures showing that there are 32.6 million p...
Posted on Feb 27, 2019 at 13:36

Employment figures are good news for older jobseekers aged over 50

The latest employment figures from the government show that employment rose by a sizeable 167,000 in the last quarter of 2018. For job hunters aged over 50 this is very significant as it means the pool of experienced, skilled people is shrinking fast and employers are less likely to practice &lsq...
Posted on Feb 20, 2019 at 12:06

Employers could save a fortune in recruitment fees with a little DIY and creativity

New research from Consult Inhouse has found that companies with up to 250 employees spend an average of £116, 545 a year on recruitment fees despite there being many routes now to shave £’000s off an annual recruitment bill.   Companies with 1,500 employees spend c&...
Posted on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:55

Age discrimination still an issue for jobseekers aged over 50

Research by SkilledPeople.com over the last eight years has shown consistently that job hunters aged over 50 feel they are discriminated against because of their age more than any other factor.    Feedback from frustrated older jobseekers suggests that more than 90% of unsuccess...
Posted on Feb 20, 2019 at 11:35

Over 50s employment hits a record high

The number of people aged over 50 working in the UK continues to grow and grow. The latest figures from the ONS show that the employment level for people aged 50 and over stood at slightly more than 10 million for the period from September to November 2018. When records began in 1992...
Posted on Jan 29, 2019 at 10:48

Jobs market turns in candidates favour. Good news for over 50s.

The latest information coming out from industry bodies confirms what SkilledPeople.com has been experiencing for months; that candidates are in a very strong position when looking to change jobs.   The continued expansion of the UK jobs market to record levels means that there has been...
Posted on Jan 3, 2019 at 12:37

Should tech workers go full-time or freelance?

It’s an age-old debate in the technology industry. Whether to take a full-time permanent position (either at an agency or in-house) or to brave the big wide world and go freelance is a question that many tech workers in an increasingly precarious economy find themselves asking – ...
Posted on Sep 17, 2018 at 16:18

How to create a compelling digital CV

If you’re looking for a way to stand out among the competition and make an impression as a great job candidate, then video content is a great way to go.  The standard text-based CV is terribly last millennium. It’s designed for at-a-glance filtering of candidates, and is inhe...
Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 11:58

Advice for over 50s looking for a new job

SkilledPeople.com often gets what a person aged over50 should do when applying for a new job. We don't have the resources to provide one-to-one consultancy to older candidates but our advice can be summarised as follows: 1. Limit a CV to the last 20 years maximum and no more than two page...
Posted on Jun 1, 2018 at 11:25

New Over 50s job in charity sector: Part-Time Administrator – The Engagement Hub

The Engagement Hub provides a single point of contact for older people, their families/friends and community contacts seeking support through our befriending services or grants. It also provides the central support for those wishing to volunteer with us. The team is responsible for the administra...
Posted on May 17, 2018 at 14:51

Big employers commit to increasing over 50s by 12%

The recent pledge by eight leading companies, including Aviva, Boots and Barclays, to increase the number of over-50s in their workforce by 12 per cent was lauded as a much-needed boost to older workers, who are set to play an increasingly important role in Britain's economy. The pledge, ...
Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 14:22

Move over kids, the over 50s are coming back to work in numbers

Businesses owned by over-50s employed more people than those run by younger individuals for the first time in 2016 and this gap is only set to widen in the coming years, according to the study. Robert Gordon, CEO of Hitachi Capital UK, said: “With low productivity continuing to affect m...
Posted on Jan 10, 2018 at 13:58

Older jobseekers aged over 50 have more difficulty than the young getting jobs

New research shows that the over 50 age group experience an ‘unemployment trap’ – meaning they are more likely to be out of work than younger age groups, and once unemployed they struggle more than younger jobseekers to get back into employment.   Currently almost ...
Posted on Nov 15, 2017 at 14:19

Boots accused of exploiting Blepharitis sufferers by overcharging by 25% for Blephaclean Wipes

A director of SkilledPeople.com has accused Boots of profiteering at the expense of older people who have the eye condition Blepharitis by charging 25% more for Blephaclean Wipes compared to most other retailers. Typically, a pack of Blephaclean Wipes costs £7.99 for a box of ...
Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 11:43

Employers have to recruit more people aged over 50 and 60

Employers who do not consider recruiting more people aged over 50 and 60 into executive positions are reducing their potential competitiveness. This is the view of Keith Simpson, managing director of SkilledPeople.com who has observed a major shift in the recruitment market over the past 10 y...
Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 11:55

Great recruitment market for over 50s jobseekers

Job opportunities and new career options for jobseekers aged over 50 are better now than at any time over the last 10 years according to Keith Simpson, managing director of SkilledPeople.com. The continuing growth in the number of employed people in the UK, with a corresponding drop in jobles...
Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 16:50

Nearly 10 million people aged over 50 are now in work

A record 9.9 million people aged 50 and over are in work, new figures show from the DWP. "There has ben a revolution in older people staying in work", says Keith Simpson, director of SkilledPeople.com.   The total is 3.9 million more than 20 years ago while the unemplo...
Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:28

5 Careers You Can Pick Up Later In Life

No matter what you did for a living when you were younger, there is no reason you can’t pick up something else later in life. In our modern age, where jobs are no longer limited to offices or even countries, you can dictate your own working life. You've got the opportunity to do somethi...
Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 10:14

We’re wasting the talents of our over-50s

Everyone’s living standards will fall if the skilled middle-aged are consigned to the scrapheap. Once out of a job, the over-50s are less likely than any other age group to find another job swiftly. Almost half of those unemployed have been job hunting for a year or more, compared with ...
Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 14:55

Call to recruit 1million more over 50s by 2022 from Government guru

Employers should commit to employing 12% more employees over the age of 50 by 2022, according to Andy Briggs, the Government’s business champion for older workers. Briggs has called for organisations to publish age data so others can see their progress in meeting this target, and wants ...
Posted on May 24, 2017 at 10:46
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