SMEs are looking to older workers to address concerns about skills shortages and that younger recruits are often just not up to the job: 34% report a lack of work readiness amongst graduates and 31% cite poor literacy and numeracy amongst school leavers as a key issue facing their business. Accordingly, 66% of SME leaders agree that the employment of workers aged 50 plus is a good solution to skills shortages, and 22% favor the hiring of older workers over college leavers as a solution to staffing problems.
According to Andy Raynor, CEO of Tenon:
Changes to pensions legislation, combined with the recent age discrimination legislation, are encouraging people to put their retirement on hold and continue working in some capacity, either as full-time or part-time employees, or as consultants. Older members of staff can bring huge benefits to an organisation and we expect to see more and more entrepreneurial businesses taking a flexible approach to recruitment and utilising this valuable skills base.Source: Tenon Group Press Release (May 6, 2008)