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Acas calls for employers to beat skills shortages by making the most of older workers

Tuesday 11 October 2005
East of England 

Acas today launched its new Advice leaflet - Employing older workers to help employers make the most of older workers. It looks at some of the stereotypes about them and gives practical advice on what to consider when recruiting, planning for the future and managing older workers.

Acas Area Director Peter Harwood, said:

"The working population is getting older and employers may face skills shortages when existing workers retire if they fail to ensure they don't discriminate against older workers when recruiting. There are currently 20 million people aged 50 and over in the UK and by 2030 this is expected to reach 27 million.

"Of course, the best way to do that is to ensure that they have systems in place to make sure they are fair to all their workers, regardless of age. This is particularly important with the legislation banning age discrimination coming into force in October next year.

"Our advice is easy to understand and practical. We aim to be the first port of call for employers who need advice on these sorts of issues. This leaflet gives employers useful and straightforward information on what they need to consider, to help them recruit and retain older workers."

Notes to Editors

1. Employing Older Workers is available free of charge from Acas Publications by telephoning 08702 42 90 90

2. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

3. The Acas helpline - 08457 47 47 47 is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.

4. Booklets can be downloaded free of charge through Acas publications online.

5 Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

Issued on behalf of Acas by Government News Network East.

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