"We already have more people in the UK over state pension age than under 16, and, within 15 years, a third of the workforce will be over 50. Embracing the skills of older workers should be a top priority--unless we are prepared to miss out on a third of the available talent pool."Her words were echoed by The Commission's Policy Director Alan Christie, Policy Director at the Commission, who said "We must stop stereotyping and worrying about how many candles a worker has on their next birthday cake, instead of looking at what they can offer. It's important to recognise that flexibility can help business weather the difficult times and prepare for the recovery, by attracting and retaining vital talent and skills, including older workers."
All everyone has to do now is to persuade the 2 large employer groups, CBI and the IOD - Oh! - and of course the Government.
This week I have been at Westminster trying to find out the policies of the Tories and the Lib Dems on this. I have yet to get definitive answers but as soon as I do I will post here of course.