A sharp increase in the number of over-60s seeking jobs is reported by a leading recruitment agency. Randstadt UK says the figure is up by about 160% of its long term annual average. Normally it expects some 155 such candidates but in the past 12 months 400 have registered. The firm’s chief executive Victoria Short blames the cost of living crisis. She told HR Magazine: “Many early retirees thought they could afford early retirement a couple of years ago. Not any more”.