The government’s business champion for older workers has challenged UK business to increase the number of over 50s in work by 1m by 2022.
As business champion for older workers, Andy Briggs, who is also the CEO at insurer Aviva UK Life and chair of Business in the Community Age at Work leadership team, is charged with helping UK businesses retain, retrain and recruit older workers.
Briggs explained an additional 1m people aged over 50 in work, taking the total to 10m by 2022, was an “ambitious” but necessary target.
To help employers hit this target, Briggs has published a How To Guide to support employers in understanding their workforce profile, listening to the needs of their older employees and put steps in place to improve their retention and recruitment of older employees.
“We are asking employers to consider carefully the overwhelming benefits of having a diverse and representative workforce, and then to act on it,” Briggs said.
“Many people aged over 50 want to continue to develop their careers, learn new skills, try new things and also share their broad knowledge and experience. This is good for everyone, and particularly for employers and their businesses who will benefit from drawing on the talent, creativity and experience of all of their employees, regardless of their age.”