Older workers need more support

By 2037, there will be an estimated 9m carers in the UK, many trying to juggle both care and employment

The report, ‘Creating longer, more fulfilling working lives: Employer practice in five European countries’, (including the Czech Republic, France, Denmark and Germany) looks at ways that older employees have been helped, including legislation, best practises to encourage employers to retain these workers, working groups, and measures to curb early retirement as well as easing the transition to retirement.

CIPD employment relations adviser, Rachel Suff, said: ‘We need to legitimise and support working carers and their place in the labour market.’

The government had made significant reforms, but there needed to be more progress, she added.

The report was launched by the Minister for Pensions, Baroness Ross Altmann, who insisted that employers should take advantage of the skills and experience that older workers bring to the workplace.

‘This is why we are developing an employer-led strategy with some of the UK’s biggest employers to ensure older workers get the support they need to be able to enjoy fuller working lives,’ she said.

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