Many over 50’s feel unsupported in the workplace, finds survey

Longer working lives have become a reality for millions, yet a significant number of over-50s feel unsupported in the workplace, according to new findings from Aviva which highlight the need for UK businesses to boost support for their older workforce.

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A new study by Aviva is based on a survey of 2,497 UK adults aged 16-75, including 1,219 aged over-50 of whom 520 are still in work. It suggests almost two thirds of over-50s in work are planning to retire later than they thought they would 10 years ago. and insufficient pension savings.

However, the survey found more than two fifths (44%) of people aged 50+ still in work feel unsupported by their employer when it comes to their career ambitions and objectives, compared to only 25% of those aged 25 to 34.

Employers Missing Out

A third of the UK workforce are forecast to be aged 50+ by 2020.

Aviva says its findings suggest employers could be missing out when it comes to the skills and experience their older workforce can offer.

The study reveals that those aged 50+ are more confident about their ability to keep up at work (41%) and their relevant skillset (37%) than their younger counterparts (36% and 33% for those aged between 25 to 34).

However, it states that factors such as the ability to work flexitime have only increased slightly from 12% in 2012 to 14% in 2018. Moreover, access to other forms of workplace support – including guidance on retirement finances – has remained static. Aviva is also recommending a mid-life MOT for over-50s.

Understanding the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population is vital if we want to create productive, innovative and inclusive multi-generational teams as we all lead longer working lives. is a job and community site, from the people behind, specially focused on older workers looking for flexibility and improved work-life balance, and the employers who recognise what they have to offer.

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