Research shows firms how to incorporate older workers

17-08-2006

Research shows firms how to incorporate older workers
Older workers can bring benefits to firms, who should do more to overcome age discrimination, new research has found.

A set of reports by the Age Partnership Group (AGP) found that seven sectors of the economy currently use length of service as the basis for redundancy, while five provide age information when recruiting staff.

James Purnell, minister for pension reform, said in a statement that the government was working with companies to reduce age discrimination.

"We recognise that we have an ageing population, with many older people who want the choice to continue working rather than retire," said Mr Purnell, adding that older workers can bring a variety of benefits to employers.

"We know that older workers have a lower rate of absenteeism and are better motivated. And we believe that this has a positive impact for businesses who can benefit from a more flexible workforce with a wider range of skills and abilities."

The reports detail the challenges faced by many employers in dealing with the problem of age discrimination.



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