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Employers Value Skills Over Age


Two thirds (66%) of UK firms say skills and the right attitude are more important than age when employing staff.

New research from recruitment body, Office Angels claims that UK employers are increasingly focusing more upon skills than age when hiring new workers.

Thirty-eight per cent of the 1,600 employers quizzed said that attitudes to older employees were changing, as companies looked more favourably upon experienced workers than in previous years.

According to the study 19% of businesses now offer ‘age‘ incentives including part-time employment, to encourage experienced employees to continue working.

Paul Jacobs, managing director of Office Angels, said: “The key for anyone employing new staff is to look at the skills needed for a role and to hire the best person to fill that gap, regardless of age – great recruitment really is as simple as that.”

One Response

  1. Skills, Age and Pensions Policy
    It also stands to reason that, if we are all going to have to retire later in order to have decent pensions, the ageist culture of recent years has to be scrapped. Otherwise jobs for older workers will simply not exist.


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