Older workers ‘unretiring’ could kickstart economy by filling vital job gaps


Older workers ‘unretiring’ could kickstart economy by filling vital job gaps

PEOPLE are living longer – but should we work longer too? The Office for National Statistics says a third of the workforce is aged over 50.

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PEOPLE are living longer – but should we work longer too?

The Office for National Statistics says a third of the workforce is aged over 50.

Katielee Arrowsmith SWNS

Older workers ‘unretiring’ could boost the economy[/caption]

By 2030, it is predicted, 47 per cent of over-50s will be working.

Data shows over-50s are LEAVING the jobs market faster than other age groups too.

But with more than a million vacancies unfilled out there, older staff could help kickstart the economy by “unretiring”.

As well as experience, mature workers bring people skills, flexibility over working hours and can mentor younger colleagues.

Catherine Foot, director of longevity think tank Phoenix Insights, said: “We need to rethink retirement as not a cliff edge between a life of hard work and a life of quiet relaxation but as a ‘glide path’ where work can shift to suit our needs and preferences as we age, so we lean out of work more gradually.”

Employers actively taking on “unretirees” include Deliveroo, Capita, Sky, Legal & General and the NHS. Deliveroo, for example, has more than 2,000 riders aged 60 or over.



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Nearly two thirds of them have signed up since January 2021.

When the pandemic hit, Jesus Zilite, 66, from Edinburgh, gave up his role as a hotel kitchen porter to ride for the food delivery firm.

He now works as a bicycle delivery rider for 20 hours a week, while also holding down a part-time supermarket job.

Jesus says: “I started riding with Deliveroo during lockdown and haven’t looked back. The biggest benefit for me is the flexibility.

“I now have more time to spend with my nieces and the rest of my family. I work whenever I want to around other commitments.

“I make my deliveries on a bike, which certainly helps me stay active — and at my age I can really see the health benefits.

“I feel like I have more energy and that I am in a very good shape, if I do say so myself.

“I’d definitely encourage other people my age to take up this kind of work, as it’s a great way to keep fit and healthy while you earn.”

See riders.deliveroo.co.uk/en and theunretiring.com.


SAVINGS and retirement firm the PHOENIX GROUP has partnered with over-50s group Rest Less to offer 100 jobs to workers aged 50-plus.

See thephoenixgroup.com/careers.

Put an end to ageism


Older workers have rights and must not be discriminated against[/caption]

LIKE race, religion and sexuality, age is a “protected characteristic” – meaning firms cannot discriminate against people on its basis.

But one in five employees aged 55-plus has felt discriminated against at work due to their age.

A study found 44 per cent of older staff expect to work beyond the state pension age, while 77 per cent want to see anti-discrimination policies and training at work.

Dan Crook, of insurers Canada Life, which carried out the study, said: “Employers will benefit from considering how they can nurture a diverse workforce.

“It creates an environment in which workers share skills and experiences and bring different perspectives to the table.”

Dedicated support

IF you want to keep working into your fifties and beyond, join the UK’s specialist community for older employees.

Rest Less highlights 50,000-plus jobs for more mature staff, from dozens of age-diverse employers.

They include The Co-op, Merlin Entertainments, Lloyds Bank and Metrobank.

The site also offers career coaching and help with CVs and interviews.

A spokeswoman for Rest Less said: “We work with hand-picked age-diverse employers with a commitment to embracing multi-generational workforces.”

Search for jobs at restless.co.uk/jobs.

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Michelle O’Mahoney explains why older workers are valuable to firms[/caption]

  1. LOYALTY AND STABILITY: Hiring takes time and money. Older workers are much less likely to “job hop” and have fewer responsibilities outside work, so can be more focused.
  2. EXPERIENCE AND CONFIDENCE: Mature staff have learned over the years about making decisions, solving problems, confidently assessing risks, and so on.
  3. COACHING AND MENTORING: They can impart wisdom to younger staff, with both patience and a healthy dose of realism. Many firms have set up mentoring networks to harness this.
  4. NON-COMPETITIVE AND NON-POLITICAL: They are not into corporate games. They have been there, seen it, played the game and got the T-shirt. They do not need to prove themselves and climb the ladder, but know their worth. Do not underestimate how refreshing this is.
  5. COLLABORATIVE LEADERS: Older and wiser employees know the value of teamwork and can lead with stability and maturity. This can make the difference between failure and success.
  6. DIVERSITY, EQUALITY AND INCLUSION: Our workplaces have to reflect society, and society is getting older. The best teams are multi-generational. The wisdom of age and enthusiasm of youth are a complementary combination.