Continuing the theme of older workers, ACAS has issued a new advisory leaflet
aimed at encouraging employers to make use of older staff to plug the widening
skills gap faced by business. The guidance highlights that there are currently
20 million people aged 50 and over in the UK and by 2030 this is expected to
reach 27 million.

According to ACAS Chief Executive, John Taylor:
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The working population is getting older and employers may face skills shortages
when existing workers retire if they fail to ensure they don't discriminate
against older workers when recruiting." At the same time as promoting
the role of older workers, the ACAS advice recognises the importance of treating
all employees fairly and equally, irrespective of age, particularly in light
of forthcoming age discrimination legislation which is due to enter into force
by October 2006. The Government is also currently consulting on a default retirement
age of 65, with employees having the right to request to work beyond this age.

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