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Flexible working 'essential for older workers'

Flexible working 'essential for older workers'

Flexible working is essential in more ways than one for older employees, an expert has said.

According to Mike Emmott, public policy advisor at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), flexibility on both working hours and the types of jobs done by the nation's older workers is an important factor for employers to consider when offering jobs to this section of society.

Recent research conducted by HSBC revealed that more than half - 55 per cent - of all people over the age of 50 who are still in their jobs believe that they will never be able to retire completely due to the financial constraints of doing so.

This study came in the wake of the government's announcement that the default retirement age of 65 is to be scrapped altogether from October 2011 as it bids to reduce the possibility of age discrimination across the country.

And Mr Emmott commented: "When people are working into older ages, employers will need to give more thought to part-time working and working from home."

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