An employment service targeted at getting over 50s into work is badly needed. The problem is most acute for those over 60, with fewer than finding jobs through the government’s Work and Health Programme, an unacceptable proportion if the state expects people to be in the workforce for longer. A major problem is that typically, unemployed workers attending job centres are given four weeks to look for a job before being told to accept any offer of work. This is fine for young people not yet committed to a career. But for those older and specialised, it is likely to take longer. These are some of the views collected in a wide ranging Investors Chronicle article on the employment problems of an ageing population. It collates a clutch of relevant statistics. And it demonstrates that maximising silver spending power – and the tax revenues that represents – will be an increasingly important way to meet the costs of that demographic change.

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