Improving the Recruitment of Older Workers

Date: 
Thursday, 30 September, 2021 - 10:00 to 11:30
Location: 
Online
United Kingdom

 

The UK job market is currently going through dramatic changes, especially due to the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit, with reports of shortages in many sectors. In addition to giving older workers a fair chance to progress, age-friendly recruitment could be an important strategy for employers, by tapping into an experienced, diverse workforce. 

Last year, the Centre for Ageing Better launched the research programme “Good Recruitment for Older Workers” (GROW) to explore ways to reduce age bias and discrimination in the recruitment process. 

This joint event by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and the Centre for Ageing Better will present the findings of the three research projects completed to date. The presentations, by researchers from NIESR, Demos, IES and BIT, will explore the recruitment of older workers both from the perspective of employers and workers, as well as the impact of language in job adverts. 

This event should therefore be of interest to employers, recruiters, HR practitioners, policymakers and labour market researchers.

Chaired by Kim Chaplain, Associate Director for Work, at the Centre for Ageing Better, confirmed speakers include:

  • Beth Mason (Institute for Employment Studies): The current and future recruitment landscape for older workers.
  • Johnny Runge (NIESR): Older workers’ own experiences of recruitment
  • Georgie Bremner (Behavioural Insights Team): The impact of language in job adverts on older workers.  
  • Kim Chaplain (Centre for Ageing Better): Lessons and way forward.

The event will conclude with a Q&A session with the speakers and the panel.

The event forms part of NIESR’s Impact Acceleration Award by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Individual presentations from each of the speakers are available to download: