Warning over older worker skills

Essential skills will be lost unless employers do more to preserve the "mental capital" of older workers, a leading Government adviser has warned.

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1 in 5 employers prioritise maintaining older workforce

Five hundred UK business leaders were questioned for the YouGov poll, conducted as part of an experts' meeting on ageing at London's Royal Institution.

It found:

  • 40% said people aged over 50 accounted for a quarter of their workforce
  • Two-thirds maintained that over-50s made an important contribution to their business
  • Up to 81% were concerned that skills would be lost when older workers retire
  • 19% of employers saw maintaining an older workforce as a business priority
  • 12% invested in any sort of targeted training for older staff
  • 4% had designed workplaces to make them more suitable for older workers

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