A new Government report recommends retaining, retraining and recruiting older workers

NHS Working longer review

17 / 3 / 2015 12.30pm

A new report makes recommendations to the Government, employers and older workers to encourage and enable those who want to work longer. It is the culmination of surveys and research led by the Department for Work and Pensions. 

The report recognises that in the near future there will be an increased number of people between 50 and State Pension Age and that work needs to be done to ensure their valuable skills, knowledge and experience are not lost. 

Many of the recommendations for employers echo those of the NHS Working Longer Group preliminary findings and recommendations report around topics such as:

  • retaining the skills and experience of older staff
  • health and wellbeing of the ageing workforce
  • access to training opportunities
  • flexible working and phased retirement
  • assessing and monitoring age demographics

Phased retirement is a key focus in the report, where it states that 'Retirement should be a process, not an event - a journey not a destination.'  This aligns with guidance the Working Longer Group has already delivered on the retirement flexibilities available to the NHS workforce. Our helpful guides for employees and employers are available on our tools and resources web pages

The report ‘A new vision for older workers: retain, retrain and recruit’, written by Dr Ros Altmann CBE, business champion for older workers for the government was released on 12 March 2015.

Next steps

  • Find out more about the NHS Working Longer Group and take a look at our easy to access tools and resources for employers and employees
  • Read more and access the full ‘A new vision for older workers: retain, retrain and recruit' report on our Working Longer further reading library publications web page
  • See what guidance and toolkits the Working Longer Group are producing over the next 12 months in our coming soon poster
  • Share how you are supporting your workforce to work to a later, raised retirement age by contacting the team.

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