The Government must do more to encourage over-50s who retired during the pandemic back into work, says John Lewis boss Dame Sharon White. Reversing the exodus through flexible retiremenht plans and skills courses could help avert the threatened recession. “Regardless of what has happened coming out of Covid, if the labour market is that tight, if we continue to have far fewer people in work, looking for work – you’ve inevitably got more inflation and more wage inflation.”

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