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Pay cut and unemployment risk for over-50s

Nearly half of the over-50s workers made redundant in the past three years have yet to find a new job, new research* from leading independent over-55s adviser Key Retirement Solutions shows. And two-thirds of those who have found other work have had to take a pay cut in order to get back into...
Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 16:51

Over 50 and over the hill

FIFTY is the new 30. Anyone over 50 knows that. No-one else cares. Most of us in our 50s are fit, fun and capable. Even the dumbest among us have learned something in half a century. We still do the exciting things young people do. We just do them smarter and a little slower which is not alwa...
Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 12:25

Jobless over-50s cashing in on family homes as number of pre-retirees out of work hits 15-year high

Soaring numbers of unemployed over-50s are easing their cash flow problems by releasing money from their homes. More than 56,600 pre-retirees have now been out of work for more than two years, figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal — the highest tally for 15 years. A...
Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 13:53

Over-50s vote 60 as ‘ideal retirement age’

The majority of over-50s agree 60 is the perfect time to retire and make the most of life, according to research from Engage Mutual Assurance. They look forward to spending time with grandchildren, travelling abroad and enjoying their good health, with one in five saying the current state pen...
Posted on Sep 25, 2013 at 11:05

Is there an appetite for recruitment?

Small businesses are taking on more staff compared with last quarter according to the Federation of Small Businesses. The Voice of Small Business Index found that 15 per cent have increased their staff numbers in the third quarter of 2013. This is the highest figure reported since the Index b...
Posted on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:21

Is the UK's economy recovering?

September 17, 2013: Small business confidence has reached an all-time high according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) latest Small Business Index published today (Monday). The confidence Index rose to +33.5 in the third quarter of 2013 beating the previous high of 18 recorded in th...
Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:12

5 Truths About Hiring Boomers

September 9, 2013: Moira MsGarvie was was an executive recruiter in the media industry for many years. She says: "I have worked with people of all ages, but the challenges of helping older workers were many. Without question, there is an age bias out in the hiring market. Job candidates over...
Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 10:56

Higher benefits for older unemployed

September 4, 2013: Older workers who lose their jobs should get higher unemployment benefits than their younger counterparts, the Labour Party suggests today. Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions secretary, is unveiling the latest development of Labour’s plans for a contributory pri...
Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 17:05

Small firms turning to contractors

September 3, 2013: Smaller companies in the UK are relying even more heavily on contractors and freelancers. Many experts believe the increase in demand for these professionals is linked to a fall in unemployment in the nation. A number of freelance job sites have reported a rise in regis...
Posted on Sep 3, 2013 at 11:11

Back to work for over 50s

August 30, 2013: This is a story with a surprisingly happy ending for a group of over 50s who had been made redundant or lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It tells how psychotherapist Phil Griggs and his team joined forces with Job Centre Plus to get a minimum of 40 percent of th...
Posted on Aug 30, 2013 at 13:13

The end of the job for life? – CIPD says not. New research reveals low job turnover might be here

August 28, 2013: According to a new report on job turnover from the CIPD, the proportion of workers leaving their employer at any given time fell by over two fifths between 1998 and 2012, presenting businesses with challenges in establishing cultures of innovation, but equally allowing for invalu...
Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 12:29

The end of the job for life? – CIPD says not. New research reveals low job turnover might be here

August 28, 2013: According to a new report on job turnover from the CIPD, the proportion of workers leaving their employer at any given time fell by over two fifths between 1998 and 2012, presenting businesses with challenges in establishing cultures of innovation, but equally allowing for invalu...
Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 12:29

The end of the job for life? – CIPD says not. New research reveals low job turnover might be here

August 28, 2013: According to a new report on job turnover from the CIPD, the proportion of workers leaving their employer at any given time fell by over two fifths between 1998 and 2012, presenting businesses with challenges in establishing cultures of innovation, but equally allowing for invalu...
Posted on Aug 28, 2013 at 12:28

Record numbers of over-50s are in work

August 27, 2013: Companies are employing a record number of over-50s, with two million more in the workplace than 15 years ago, official statistics show. There are now 7.7 million workers aged between 50 and 64, according to Department for Work and Pensions figures. Changing demographics...
Posted on Aug 27, 2013 at 11:16

How to source the best staff – and keep them

August 23, 2013: Recruiting the right staff for your business early is key to ensure its smooth development. Ensuring you have the right team in place is of crucial importance when establishing and growing your business. HR guru Beatrice Bartlay gives tips on employing and retaining staff. ...
Posted on Aug 23, 2013 at 11:21

Poll reveals clamour for referendum over the European Union

August 22, 2013: As UK and European parliamentarians start to return from their long summer break, a nationwide poll of 11,211 over 50s, the largest of its kind, reveals a yearning for a referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU, and some interesting regional variations. Tim Pethi...
Posted on Aug 22, 2013 at 11:07

UK SME Manufacturers' Confidence Grows On Brighter Economic Outlook

August 22, 2013: Smaller U.K. manufacturing firms are increasingly willing to invest in machinery, premises and staff, a survey showed Wednesday, as the fledgling economic recovery continues to lift confidence. The quarterly survey of small- and medium-sized manufacturers by the Manufacturing...
Posted on Aug 21, 2013 at 18:34

Inventor of the internet too old to work for UK plc

August 16, 2013: Would you really turn down the inventor of the internet because of his age? The unemployment rate for the over 50s is increasing nearly twice as fast as 18-24 year olds which will have a devastating effect on the economy, reported The Guardian back in April. Not only are...
Posted on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:12

Government offering more business to SMEs

August 13, 2013: A new report released by the Government last week suggests that it is on target to award a quarter of central government business to small British businesses by 2015. The latest ‘Making government business more accessible to SMEs: Two Years On’ report said that sp...
Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 12:32

1 in 4 over-50s fear losing their home

August 9, 2013: As many as one in four people over the age of 50 fear they could get into financial difficulties so severe that they could end up losing their homes, new research has found. While working adults between the age of 50 and the age of retirement should, in theory, be at the top o...
Posted on Aug 9, 2013 at 15:27

A fifth of adults suffer unexpected income loss

August 8, 2013: One in five people have experienced an unexpected large drop in their income over the past three years. Research from the Money Advice Service has found that of those who have seen their income plummet, two in five people had lost their job due to redundancy or ill health. Jus...
Posted on Aug 8, 2013 at 14:03

Why are small firms more popular with consumers?

August 5, 2013: AXA Business Insurance research reveals that three times as many consumers would choose a small business for goods or services than a large business if price and convenience were equal. AXA Business Insurance, part of one of the UK’s largest insurers, carried out researc...
Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 17:48

SMEs see promising upturn in economy so far in 2013

July 26, 2013: A fifth of small businesses believe that the UK economy has improved in the last six months, up from 9 per cent the previous quarter, research finds. Of these, the vast majority of businesses (83 per cent) believe that this improvement is sustainable, despite citing macro-econo...
Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 15:22

Calls on government to end age discrimination

July 26, 2013: A Lancashire charity has called on the government to act ‘urgently’ to stamp out age discrimination and promote the skills of older people as a woman struggling to get back into work speaks out. Age UK Lancashire said that political heads should work hard with busin...
Posted on Jul 26, 2013 at 15:12

Unemployment falls to 2.51 million but out of work over 50s on the rise

July 18, 2013: UK unemployment fell by 57,000 in the three months to May, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The unemployment rate in May was 7.8% of the economically active population, down 0.% percentage points from the three months between December 2012 and Fe...
Posted on Jul 18, 2013 at 11:13
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