The Government’s business champion for older workers, Andy Briggs, previously called for firms to increase the number of older workers in the workplace by 12% by 2022. He commented that this would be vital in filling the country’s ‘colossal skills gap’.
Further to Mr Briggs’ comments, a number of firms, including Barclays and Aviva, have agreed to publish data about the age of their workforce and promote the employment of over 50s in the workplace. Mr Briggs now wants more companies to commit to employing older workers and to publish data about the age of their workforce to help ensure his target of 1 million more older workers by 2022 is achieved.
The eight companies that have currently signed up include Aviva, Atos, Barclays, The Co-operative Group, Home Instead Senior Care, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, Mercer and Walgreens Boots Alliance. The call from Mr Briggs comes due to a warning that by 2022, the UK will have 14.5 million more jobs with only 7 million younger workers entering the workplace.