Are you winning or losing the war for Silver Talent?
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This insightful 45 minute webinar took place on Tuesday April 26th 2022, and was led by Steve Huxham from the Silver Marketing Association. Steve is an internationally known Recruitment & Direct Hire Strategist & HR Advisor. He was joined by Mike Mansfield, thought leader in senior entrepreneurship and founder of the Silver Starters award; Andy Collings, General Manager – Careers, Learning & Insight at Rest Less, the digital community which offers work and careers guidance for the over 50s; and Peter Stratton, veteran recruiter and now in his 5th decade in the workforce.
That is how long, enshrined by law, it has been prohibited for employers to unreasonably discriminate against employees on grounds of age in the UK. That legal protection started with the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 and was further developed by the Equality Act of 2010.
Yet what has really changed in that time? Has the mindset of employers fundamentally moved beyond the “skin deep” removal of overt age discrimination, e.g. in Job Ads, which often specified an age range (usually “25-35”!) Or beyond the examples set by parts of the retail sector, where it is now more usual than not to walk in a store where the wide range of age diversity is immediately evident?
The stories of older job seekers, even in a UK labour market of where job vacancies have hit 1.22 million, suggest there is still much to do 15 years on. Overt discrimination may be less evident, but that doesn’t avoid those silver job seekers feeling that they are less likely to make a shortlist, or for them to fear hearing the dreaded (and quite repulsive) word “Overqualified.”
So much Silver Talent available, so much of it overlooked or going to waste.
- explored current issues and success stories
- reviewed initiatives to balance age diversity
- advised how businesses that serve or sell to the Silver market can ensure that their own workplaces reflect their customers
Can you afford, in every sense of that word, to risk being a loser in the war for Silver Talent?