Good Recruitment for Older Workers: A guide for employers

Posted 25.10.2021

The Centre for Ageing Better has published their guide on good recruitment for older workers.

Three quarters of employers in England agreed that older workers’ experience is crucial to the success of the organisation. And yet, the current recruitment environment is not as age-inclusive as it could be. Older workers feel at a disadvantage at every stage of the recruitment process, from the language in job adverts to interview panels.

This recruitment guide is based on the Good Recruitment for Older Workers (GROW) project findings and has been published in partnership with the CIPD and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. It is designed to help organisations recognise the negative role that age-related discrimination plays in recruitment processes and provide practical suggestions for employers to become more age-inclusive.

The guide has 5 principles of action:

  1. Put age into Equality, Diversity & Inclusion policy
  2. Know your numbers
  3. De-bias your job adverts
  4. Check your process
  5. Build awareness and confidence.

The guide is aimed at professionals working within Human Resources and recruitment, with practical recommendations and steps that help ensure their processes are inclusive of people of all ages.


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