12/12/2005

Facts and misconceptions about age, health status and employability

Older adults are often discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of
stereotypes about ageing. Many of these stereotypes may not be accurate or
recognise the benefits of employing older workers, although they may influence
the recruitment and retention of older individuals. The British government has
supported the European Employment Directive on Equal Treatment and made a
commitment to introduce legislation, covering employment and vocational
training, before the end of 2006.

The British HSE has published a review on this topic, taken forward by the Age
Partnership Group (APG) working with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
The NGC aims to raise employers' awareness of, and ability to adopt, flexible
employment and retirement opportunities in order to increase the recruitment,
retention and training of older workers prior to the implementation of the age
legislation. The report forms part of a range of information and guidance
products, which aim to provide practical information and age diversity
employment practices.

The Age Partnership Group (APG) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
have commissioned this report to provide information towards ongoing
development work. The report considers some of the common ‘myths' about older
workers and provides, where possible, evidence and arguments that aim to dispel
inaccurate perceptions about older adults and demonstrate that health and
safety cannot be used as an "excuse” to justify the exclusion of older workers.
The report highlights the facts about older workers' ability to work and the
benefits of employing older workers.

The report used information and data taken from a variety of sources, for
example statistics from the Office of National Statistics, published journal
articles and reports.

Further information


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