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Employers will need a more flexible labour market that can accommodate older workers as the workforce ages and fewer people enter the labour market from education and training, according to the Government’s new industrial strategy.
It singles out the ageing society as one of the grand challenges for the future and says the government will continue to build on the Fuller Working Lives Strategy and has appointed a Business Champion specifically for older workers in response. It says: “This signals our commitment to work with employers to promote the benefits of older workers to employers across England – in terms of their strategic approach and practical advice.”
It wants to see industries adapting their workplaces to the requirements of an ageing workforce and says flexible working is a key plank, including for those with caring responsibilities for elderly parents.
It states: “To help realise the potential in the labour market, including amongst women, older workers, carers and
disabled people, we will work with business to make flexible working a reality for all employees across Britain and to inform the evaluation of the Right to Request Flexible Working regulations.”