How employers can achieve one million more older people in work by 2022

As the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, we are calling for one million more older people in work by 2022.  This toolkit offers guidance and assistance to employers to achieve this target.

The target aims to support older people who want the same range of options and opportunities as younger colleagues, and to be recognised for their experience and expertise. In recognising the skills older people bring to the workplace, employers will benefit from the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Successful, future proof organisations will be those able to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. Employers must take steps now to understand their own workforce, listen to the needs of their older workers, and take action to retain and recruit older workers.

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What is the target of one million more older people in work by 2022 and where did it come from?
In September 2016, the Government appointed the Business in the Community Age at Work Leadership Team, led by Andy Briggs, CEO of Aviva UK Life, as Business Champion for Older Workers. The role is an opportunity to support employers adapt to the needs of our ageing population through better retention, retraining and recruiting of older workers.
In February 2017, the group announced a strategy of activity and a target of one million more older people in employment by 2022.  This equates to a 12% increase in older workers for each UK employer. 

Learn more about the Business Champion for Older Workers: Strategy and 2022 Target >>