The future for older workers: opportunities and constraints

Sarah Vickerstaff, Wendy Loretto and Phil White

in The future for older workers

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424181
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303800 | DOI:
The future for older workers: opportunities and constraints

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This chapter reviews common and emerging themes from the chapters in this book and points to what are likely to be the key issues for older workers, their employers and their governments in the coming decades. The chapter begins by providing an initial assessment of the concerns, problems and opportunities expressed by the chapters. The first section of the chapter discusses the government policy and legislative developments that are transforming the employment landscape for older people. The second section considers the perspectives of the employers regarding the threats and opportunities associated with an ageing workforce. The third section assesses what the older individuals aspire for themselves. The last section concludes on the main opportunities and constraints that the ageing workforce implies.

Keywords: older workers; employers; government policy; legislative developments; ageing workforce

Chapter.  9823 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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