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Insurer claims that 3 million people aged over 50 are living with a serious illness

Some three million people over the age of 50 in the UK are living with a serious illness, a study by life insurer Engage Mutual has argued. The report, “Fluctuating conditions, fluctuating support: Improving organisational resilience to fluctuating conditions in the workforce”, fo...
Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:08

Scots aged over 50 to get tickets to ride to job interviews on ScotRail

Scottish job hunters will get free rail travel to interviews then a month’s free travel when they land a job under a new ScotRail franchise. Over-50s will also be eligible for discounts currently reserved to over 55s, and all passengers will have access to advance fares from £5 be...
Posted on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:06

Are the over 50s feeling the stress and taking the strain?

You'd think that people aged over 50 would be living the life of Riley? Blessed with mortgage free houses, final salary pensions and an empty nest. The reality may be very different for many of the over 50s with no job prospects, limited financial resources and relationships under pressu...
Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:43

New government report on older workers misses a trick

The government has published a new report looking at the problems older workers have staying in work after the age of 50. Called 'A new vision for older workers' it puts a bright spotlight on the need to retain, retrain and recruit. The report, authored by Dr Ros Altmann the older wor...
Posted on Mar 13, 2015 at 19:03

Impartial advice to help jobseekers aged over 50 and beyond

The UK government's main .gov.uk website now has a section devoted to providing advice for older jobseekers aged over 50. There is also information for employers regarding hiring older workers and the advantages they bring. Impartial advice can be hard to come by in the recruitment arena ...
Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 17:44

Recruiters to be targetted in age discrimination clampdown

Reasearch by skilledpeople.com over the years has shown that age descrimination by employers and recruiters is rife despite it being illegal. Now it looks like the government could be about to get tough on this issue..at long last. The government's leader on this issue, Dr Ros Altmann,&nb...
Posted on Mar 9, 2015 at 12:29

Report suggests that employers are paying lip service to age diversity in the workplace

Whilst many employers outwardly support the benefits of having a balance of employees whose ages reflect the population, in practice they seem only too keen to put up barriers to employment for the over 50s. A BITC study foiund that found that 38.1% of people aged between 16 and 29 who lost t...
Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:27

Apply now to get an estimate of your new state pension

All people aged over 55 can now apply to the Pensions Service to get a estimate of what their new state pension will be once the new regulations are introduced. Some people aged 60 are getting a nice surprise as the estimated weekly payment is much higher than they expected it to be. The ...
Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 12:56

After TVs and cameras, retirement is now becoming a lot more complicated

After TVs and cameras, retirement is now becoming a lot more complicated say the experts. It used to be the case that the 'pipe and slippers' arrived on a 65th birthday. Now it's 'death by a thousand cuts' which can start as early as 50 years old and take twenty years to f...
Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 14:22

Age diversity delivers better results at McDonalds

They may not be everyone's idea of the world's greatest employer but McDonalds is helping the over 50s by proving that an older workforce delvers benefits straight to the bottom line. Levels of customer service are 20% higher in restaurants with staff aged 60 or over - numbering appro...
Posted on Feb 2, 2015 at 14:40

Barclays wants to bring over 50s into apprenticeship scheme

Barclays bank plans to open up its apprenticeship programmes to the over 50s. A bank spokesperson said the move forms part of Barclays’ commitment to improving diversity across its whole organisation regardless of disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. The spokesperson adde...
Posted on Jan 31, 2015 at 11:59

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
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