Providers urged to do more to tackle age discrimination
Employers in the health and social care sector should be doing more to tackle age discrimination, according to research published the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
The report, ‘Managing an ageing workforce in Health and Social Care’ looks at the challenges faced by the sector relating to the recruitment, training and retention of older workers. The report also examines what employers are doing to remove compulsory retirement ages and adopt flexible approaches.
Currently, the health and social care sectors employ 3.4 million people, about 11% of the national total. While expectant employment growth level is low, the two sectors will still need an additional combined 1.6 million new employees by 2014 to meet expansion and to replace those who leave (equivalent to 47% of the current sectors’ workforce).
The DWP appears to praise health and social care businesses, saying they appear to be working to retain and recruit experienced older staff, but then criticises them for so