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50+ Skills Team

According to recent official figures, record numbers of people age over 50 are in work. Although Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann welcomed the figures, she warned businesses they were ‘not making the most of the skills of older people.’

She said, ‘record numbers of older people are bringing their skills, talents and experiences into the workplace, which is good for people’s incomes, their future pensions and the overall economy. But with 735,000 vacancies in the economy today, businesses are still not making the most of the opportunities that this huge pool of talent has to offer.

Getting older means different things to different people – we don’t all want or need the same things. Some will be happy and lucky enough to retire early, and that is their choice. Others will need, or want, to continue working into their 60s+.

In this skills short environment, the advantages to employers of accessing the accumulated skills and experience that the 50+ workforce has to offer cannot be ignored. In this area in particular where we have largely SME’s growing at a phenomenal rate, in most cases the ability to parachute in the skills they need on a flexible basis is extremely valuable.

But what do the 50/60+ workforce want? The answer is we cannot generalise, but flexibility is key. Many will want to continue working for personal fulfilment and enjoyment, but the majority will also need the financial benefit as they head towards retirement.

Sharing and passing on their skills and experiences can be both rewarding and beneficial to all parties. Unfortunately workforce ages can still sometimes be viewed negatively, leaving skilled and experienced people locked out of the workplace simply because of their age.

Hewett Recruitment are offering an age positive route into employment by launching their ‘50+ skills TEAM’. Louise Hewett commented, ‘ Our talented team of temporary workers are selected on the basis of skills, experience and attitude and have always included every age group, but now we want to positively encourage and attract the 50++ to join our team and bring their skills and talents back into the workplace.

To find out more about the ‘50+ skills team’, contact

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