Monday, April 23, 2007

Survey: Few Employers Are Taking Action to Recruit and Retain Older Workers; Manpower Offers Up Recommendations

According to a survey conducted for Manpower Inc. of more than 28,000 employers across 25 countries and territories, only 14% of employers worldwide have strategies in place to recruit older workers and only 21% have implemented retention strategies to keep them participating in the workforce.

The published results of the survey-- Older Worker Recruiting & Retention Survey--break down recruitment and retention by country and industry. Among different countries, employers in Japan and Singapore were far ahead of their international counterparts with 83% and 53% of employers surveyed, respectively, working proactively to retain their older employees; at the other extreme, in Italy and Spain, only 6% of employers had such strategies in place.
"Many employers have not yet recognized the need to forecast the percentage of their workforce that is set to retire in the next five to 10 years and planned ahead to stem the potential loss of productivity and intellectual capital that will occur when those people walk out the door," said Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc. "A surprisingly large number of organizations are still viewing upcoming retirements as cost- savings opportunities, but this is a dangerous and shortsighted view, as older adults will be relied upon as one of the most important sources of talent for the future workforce."
Simultaneously with the survey results, Manpower issued a white paper--"The New Agenda for an Older Workforce"--which explores the increasing reality of the global aging workforce, the resulting gaps in workforce supply, and the demand that this is creating. Among other things, the white paper proposes strategies that companies can adopt to circumvent these talent challenges; recommendations on how employers can help older employees extend their careers should they choose to do so; and suggestions for the role that governments can play to help solve the older worker conundrum.

Source: Manpower Inc. News Release (April 23, 2007)

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