Britain’s employment support system is failing people who fall out of work over 50. So argues Emily Andrews, deputy director for work at the Centre for Ageing Better. According to PwC’s Golden Age Index, she notes, the UK ranks 21st out of 38 OECD countries when it comes to harnessing the power of older workers. New Zealand, which holds the top spot, has launched initiatives including an active role for employment support staff working with employers to broker job opportunities for over-50s. Here, the Department of Work and Pensions “50 Plus Champions” are seeking to improve employer “awareness and and capability in age-friendly employment” she writes. “But there are only 37 of them to cover the whole country, so a lot of this activity will rely on other individuals working within Jobcentre Plus. We will soon be publishing guidance, based on our insight, to help them do just this.”

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