It’s not just pensions minister Steve Webb who believes that older workers deserve more of a chance in the workplace.
Following Mr Webb’s recent speech about the value of older jobseekers, a number of HR experts have echoed his calls for employers to take advantage of their skills.
Kate Russell, who blogs about all sorts of HR issues on a freelance basis, agreed that older workers have plenty of desirable skills that their younger counterparts may be lacking.
Writing for smallbusiness.co.uk, she said: “Quite often they have higher levels of motivation and take a pride in what they’re doing. Growing up in times when there was an expectation by all parties that workplace rules would be observed without question, they are often more punctual, more neatly dressed, more interested in their work.”
These points are certainly something worth considering, whether you’re looking to start a franchise or recruit new staff in your existing business.
Adding to the topic of older workers, AgeUK director Michelle Mitchell argued there will still to many barriers to get older jobless people back into work.
“With the rising state pension age meaning people will need to work longer coupled with our ageing population, it is more critical than ever that the government and employers take steps to stamp out discrimination in recruitment and in the workplace,” she told ageuk.org.uk.