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Managing the health and wellbeing of an increasingly age diverse workforce to safeguard future talent. A 21st Century business challenge
In this white paper Dianah Worman OBE, Public Policy Adviser for Diversity at the CIPD, looks at the key facts and figures surrounding the age diversity of the UK workforce and potential of older workers to fill any skills shortages.
Between 2002 and 2032 the number of people over fifty will almost double from 9 million to 17 million. In 2012 over fifties made up 29% of the working population compared to 25% in 2002.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills projects that in the next ten years there will be 13.5 million job vacancies but only 7 million people leaving school. Businesses could look to older workers to fill these job vacancies and plug any skills shortages. Naturally there are assumptions and concerns that businesses have around older workers such as health and wellbeing, absence management, and capabilities. This paper addresses the myths and the facts, and examines the different types of older workers.