The UK’s labour and skills shortage crisis threatens to deepen further in 2023 unless employers manage to harness the older workforce, warns the Centre for Ageing Better. The employment rate for most workers has reached or exceeded pre-pendemic levels, it notes. But while latest statistics show a small uptick in that for older workers it remains well below its level before Covid laid waste to the economy. “The gap between 35-49s and 50-64s is now at 15 percentage points – 2 percentage points higher than pre-pandemic”, says the Centre. Dr Emily Andrews, its deputy director for work, says: “We want 2023 to be the year that every older worker that wants to work, has the opportunity to show their value and without workplace prejudice or inflexibility standing in their way.”

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