- Friday, 14 June 2013
With the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealing that the number of workers in Britain aged over 65 has risen above 1 million for the first time, Denise Keating, CEO of leading diversity campaigners, the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei), comments:
"Growing numbers of people want to and have to work beyond 65. In the past, outdated policies like the default retirement age prevented this group working and increased the burden on the already creaking state pension provision and ignored the fact that we are living longer and leading healthier lives.
- Thursday, 13 June 2013
Over 50s seeking work still come up against ageism and misconceptions In spite of age discrimination legislation and the abolition of the Default Retirement Age, ageist attitudes still stand in the way of older people gaining employment.
A recent survey from The Age and Employability Network (TAEN) shows that only 1 in 10 older workers think legislation has helped and most feel they are regarded as simply ‘too old’ by employers.
- Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Figures from the latest Labour Force Survey out today show that the number of people aged over 65 in work has risen to 1,003,000 – up from 964,000 last quarter.
Age UK’s Charity Director General, Michelle Mitchell said,
“It’s good news that the number of people aged 65 and over in work has passed the million mark. It’s important that more employers recognise the contribution older workers can make to their business. Many still face age discrimination when it comes to getting a job.
- Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Responding to the news that the number of workers aged over 65 has reached one million, David Sinclair, Assistant Director, Policy and Communications at the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) said
“It is good news that we now have one million older workers. But the average age of retirement remains too low.
- Thursday, 16 May 2013
The creator of hit 1980s TV detective show Bergerac has hit out at the TV industry, accusing it of ageism.
Robert Banks Stewart, whose Jersey-set BBC crime series starring John Nettles ran for 10 years and attracted audiences of up to 18 million in its heyday, claims “the door has been closed” on his career - as today’s TV chiefs consider him “too long in the tooth” to connect with viewers.
- Friday, 15 March 2013
“Over a year ago, a petition was handed to Number 10 by Anchor with 137,000 signatures calling for a Minister for Older People to be appointed in Government.
"We still lack one person in Cabinet who is responsible for looking at older people’s needs across the board, taking a holistic approach to preparing for issues that are faced by older people today, as well as future generations.
“The Government desperately needs to move quickly on this issue.
- Monday, 11 March 2013
“Older people continue to struggle for work as only one in ten think age discrimination law has helped them,” says TAEN report
“The majority of older jobseekers continue struggling against deeply embedded structural disadvantages and ingrained ageist attitudes in finding work,” concludes TAEN – The Age and Employment Network, publishing the most recent Survey of Jobseekers Aged 50+ today.
The survey shows that overwhelmingly, older jobseekers want work because of financial need, a desire to feel valued and the social interaction work brings. They are ‘worried’ or ‘desperate’ about not working and believe obstacles include adverse attitudes by recruiters, mismatches of skills or qualifications with employers’ needs and factors such as the national focus on youth unemployment.
- Friday, 08 March 2013
The International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) launches a pioneering snapshot of older woman in the UK to mark International Women’s Day.
An intimate and revealing collection of essays entitled ‘Has the sisterhood forgotten older women?’ from the leading think tank on demographic change reveals the secret struggles and challenges for older women as they age.
- Friday, 15 February 2013
Men over 55 years of age, who have lost their job, have less than eight per cent chance of getting a new one, the London Assembly has heard.
At a meeting yesterday to discuss the effectiveness of careers guidance in the capital, Members of the Assembly's Economy Committee heard London's over 50s are facing a tough time in the job market - yet support and guidance aimed at getting them back to work has been "decimated".
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