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Response to new report warning smaller firms about shortage of skilled workers

New report warns smaller firms face losing tens of thousands of pounds in the coming year because of the shortage of skilled workers.

Our Senior Evidence Manager, Emily Andrews, says it's never been more important for employers to make the most of the wealth of skills and experiences older workers bring. 

Emily Andrews, Senior Evidence Manager, Centre for Ageing Better, said:

“With new research today showing the extent of losses small businesses are facing due to skill shortages, it’s never been more important for employers to make the most of the wealth of skills and experience older workers bring. The demographics of the workplace are changing, with the numbers of people coming into the job market dwindling while more people are working in their 50s and 60s.

“While many sectors struggle to recruit the skilled employees they need, there’s a huge pool of older workers with a lifetime of experience looking for good-quality work. But too many are kept out of work by ageism in the recruitment process, or fall out of employment because their workplaces aren’t able to support their needs.

“Businesses can help mitigate this potential skills shortfall by tackling ageist workplace cultures and making their workplaces genuinely age-friendly.”

Becoming an age-friendly employer

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