The Missing Million: Recommendations for action

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The Missing Million: Recommendations for Action is a call to action for business and government. It brings together data on age and provides recommendations to help people to stay in work for longer.
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Key findings
  • The world of work needs to change now, to encourage and enable people to continue working into later life.
  • Older workers are vital for the future of the economy.
  • Industries with a higher population of workers aged over 50 will need to ensure they can retain and recruit the older workers who are fundamental to their workforce.
  • More than a million people aged over 50 have been forced out of work involuntarily.
  • Business must address barriers to the recruitment of older people.
  • The next government must legislate for a right to request flexible working from day one of a job.

Our population is ageing. Currently, 10 million people in the UK are over 65 years old and this number is projected to nearly double, to around 19 million, by 2050. The first person who will live to 150 has already been born.

Older workers are vital for the future of the economy, and the need to develop a long-term strategic approach to recruiting and retaining older workers is crucially important for businesses. In particular, industries with a higher proportion of workers aged over 50 will need to adapt their practices quickly to ensure they can retain and recruit the older workers who are fundamental to their workforce.

Read the Executive Summary, or download the full report below.

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