One in three workers in the UK are aged 50 and over.
The average employee is in their 40s and that's set to grow over the next decade.
So with many more of us working into our 60s and beyond, if you're 50 you may have another 20 years of working life ahead of you.
Add to that there are fewer school leavers, and with Brexit, the expectation is it will become much harder to fill vacancies with workers from outside the UK.
In the North West, there are currently 114,000 people over the age of 65 in full-time employment.
For some, it's through choice, for others a necessity.
So what can employers do to become more age-friendly and attract and retain older workers?
Anna Youssef looks at the issue in the first of two reports: