Older employees are becoming more important for business operations, a new study has found.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the International Longevity Centre found that Britain could face severe skills shortages in the next 20 years if managers do not change their approach to workforce planning.
To prevent these issues, the CIPD is urging all organisations to capitalise on the benefits of a more diverse workforce instead of suffering from an absence of skills as the workforce gets older.
Unless organisations begin improving how they recruit older workers, it is believed that the UK economy will struggle to fill one million jobs by 2035. The health and social work, education and public administration industries are most in danger of skills shortages.
The study also found that the manufacturing, construction and transport and storage sectors all see at least a 50 per cent drop in the number of people employed between 45-49 and 60-64.
Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the CIPD, said: “2035 may sound far off but the reality is that organisations need to get to grips with the ageing workforce challenge today or face skills shortages that will affect their ability to grow or deliver key services in the very near future.
“The findings in this report suggest too many employers are sleep-walking towards a significant skills problem that risks derailing their business strategy if not addressed.”
Mr Willmott explained that enough organisations are thinking of workforce planning or know about the makeup of their company. Managers need to understand the value older workers can bring to their organisation when hiring new staff.
As well as this, it is more important that employers consider the health and wellbeing of their staff to provide more flexible working possibilities.
Posted by Jon Aspinell on 1st July 2015
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