- As of April 2020, there were 3.27 million people aged 50-64 out of work in the UK.
- The recession has highlighted a longstanding issue: unemployed individuals in their 50s and 60s face challenges returning to work.
- The report provides insights from older jobseekers and support programs to address this challenge.
- Older individuals are not the most affected by unemployment rates in the short term, but they are at risk in the long term.
- There's a need to ensure that the government's response is tailored to the needs of this age group.
Barriers to regaining employment for over 50s
- Lack of confidence in their own ability and perceived employability.
- Changes in job-seeking methods requiring new skills.
- Unsuitable training that doesn't consider their experience and skills.
- Underdeveloped digital skills.
- Lack of access to flexible working.
Good practice for supporting older workers back into employment
- Support should consider individual experiences and responsibilities, such as health issues and caring duties.
- Training should build on clients' past experiences and skills.
- Support is needed to navigate new job application processes, especially online.
- Over 50s should be targeted in advertising and marketing of employment services.
- Clients need signposting to other relevant support and training at the end of any program.
Read the report for more information.