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Older jobseekers risk being left ‘on the scrapheap’ in the wake of COVID-19, new report warns

By July 9, 2020National News

Older jobseekers face a series of barriers to finding work, with some feeling left ‘on the scrapheap’, according to a new report by the Centre for Ageing Better. The report, on improving employment support for over 50s, warns that older workers will be amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, and without the right support could spend years out of work and struggling financially. With the State Pension Age set to rise to 66 this year, the Centre for Ageing Better says a more tailored approach is needed to support longer working lives. 

The report, Back on track: improving employment support for over 50s jobseekers’, identifies a number of barriers faced by over 50s seeking employment, including a lack of confidence from jobseekers in their own ability and in their perceived employability. Unsuitable training, changes to the ways that jobseekers are expected to find and apply for jobs, and underdeveloped digital skills add to this group’s difficulties. In addition, many have caring responsibilities or health needs, and there is a lack of opportunities for flexible working to accommodate these needs. 

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You can read the full report as an online pdf here (opens in a new tab) 

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