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Gloucester businesses urged to give more over-65s a job

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

Businesses are being urged to take on more older workers

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Businesses in Gloucester are being urged to hire more over-65s as ministers prepare to appoint a new 'champion' of older workers.

The number of over-65 workers has doubled to more than one million in the last decade, due to the decline in value of savings and pensions.

In the three months to January this year 1.04million over-65s were in work, while there was 525,000 over the same period to January 2004.

The number of under-25s in work has fallen by 11 per cent during the same time period.

Now the Government is to appoint a new tsar to tackle age discrimination in the workplace.

Ros Altmann, a former government pensions adviser, said: "You don’t have to suddenly retire at some point. Retirement can be a journey, not a destination.

"Older workers need a champion because a lot of the research shows that older workers can be a lot more productive."

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  • jas37  |  April 07 2014, 10:11PM

    I'd much prefer that these energies were focused on reducing unemployment amongst young people. The Youth of today should not be denied the opportunity to work by those who have benefitted from decades of employment.

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  • Richardburton  |  April 07 2014, 9:17PM

    What about the over 50's the youngster's have chances to get training jobs,some youngsters are living at home and can take Part time work. I need full time i still have bills to pay for! Government policy should allow Part time for the over 50's and work should pay until we can get full time! If the over 65's want and are capable of working fine ..but my age group still need to work it's not a choice i don't get a pension!

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 07 2014, 3:12PM

    It's not a matter of 'age discrimination', it's simply that the government is determined to work poorer people into the grave.

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  • Tree1974  |  April 07 2014, 1:08PM

    Sadly it is a sign of the times that people over 65 often NEED to work. If you have a good level of literacy and numeracy, good work ethic, the correct qualifications and are capable of carrying out the job age should be no barrier. There are a lot of jobs out there but sadly a lot of people think they are earth too good for the job or have such poor work ethics that the jobs don't last.

  • cosmicc  |  April 07 2014, 11:06AM

    That's really going to help youth unemployment.