Ageing workforce 'will affect future company productivity'
By 2030, the ageing workforce in the UK will begin to affect the productivity of many companies, it has been predicted.
In the opinion of Bupa, the average age of employees will be 43, while 68 will be the age at which most people retire.
It is also forecast that the number of people with illnesses such as diabetes or respiratory diseases will rise by seven per cent, taking the national figure to four million.
Cases of mental illnesses are also expected to rise to 4.2 million.
Managing director for Bupa UK Health Insurance Dr Natalie Jane Macdonald said: "For the first time, we have a clear picture of the major health issues that will affect British workers over the next 20 years."
Figures released by FirstCare revealed that last Monday, 27,000 people took the day off work due to illness and it is thought concerns about swine flu may be to blame.