Older Workers in Great Britain: Perspectives from the devolved nations.

Tue 15th Oct 2019

The workforce of Great Britain is ageing. By 2030 more than a third of all workers will be aged 50 and over. In response, the UK government has enacted a number of policies to encourage people to remain in work for longer, however, there are concerns that policies made in Westminster do not take into account the challenges faced by the devolved nations.

The level and the rate of workforce ageing differs across the 4 nations of Great Britain, moreover, each of the constituent countries of GB faces specific challenges as a result of their industrial histories and unique geographies. A one-size-fits-all policy to meet the challenges and realise the opportunities of workforce ageing is unlikely to be successful, and therefore a better idea of the particular challenges faced by older workers, employers and policy makers in each of the devolved nations is needed. By doing this there will also be opportunities to share best practice and learn from innovations that are taking place elsewhere in GB.

This half-day conference will bring together leading researchers on older workers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to share the experiences and responses to workforce ageing in each of their countries, we look forward to welcoming guests to the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 15th October at 12:00.


12.00 – Lunch and Networking

13.00 – Welcome address - Associate Professor Martin Hyde, Swansea University

13.05 – The Older People’s Commissioner – Heléna Herklots CBE

13.20 – Older Workers Perspective from Wales - Associate Professor Martin Hyde, Swansea University

13.40 – Older Workers Perspective from Scotland – Dr Valarie Egdell, Associate Professor of Work and Employment, Northumbria University, Newcastle

14.00 – Older Workers Perspective from Northern Ireland – Eamon Clarke, Business in the Community (BITC)

14.20 – Introduction to the ‘No best before date’ campaign – Welsh Government

14.30- Light refreshment break

15.00- Round table discussions

16.00- Summary and next steps

16.15- End

Sponsored by

Julie Morgan AM


To register your free place, please click here.


Please click here to download the presentation slides from the conference


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