Employers’ use of older workers in the recession

Vanessa Beck
  • Employee Relations, April 2013, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/01425451311320468

Employers’ use of older workers in the recession

What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to explore the degree to which there have been changes during the recession in the behaviour of employers with regards to their employment of older workers. The paper aims to show that there has been substantial change since the last recession and that there are, potentially, significant developments still occurring.

Why is it important?

The situation for older workers in employment is better than in previous recessions, mainly because employers are less likely to resort to redundancies for workers of all ages. Instead, a range of flexible working options are being utilised, including flexible retirement and adjustments to work processes. In the main the flexibility was instituted and controlled by the organisations. Employers are looking for alternative strategies to deal with a shift in control over the retirement process.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01425451311320468

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