Acas calls for employers to fight ageism

Employee relations organisation Acas has begun a campaign to help employers "make the most of older workers". The issue is critical for IT departments, which will come under pressure to recruit older workers as demand for IT staff picks up.

Employee relations organisation Acas has begun a campaign to help employers "make the most of older workers". The issue is critical for IT departments, which will come under pressure to recruit older workers as demand for IT staff picks up.

Legislation to be introduced next year will place the onus on employers not to discriminate on the grounds of age.

Colin Simpson, IT manager at Fullers Brewery, said older workers could benefit IT departments because of their understanding of people, processes and businesses, and general life experience. "They should be less likely to succumb to the demands of a young family, and are likely to be loyal employees," he said.

Acas is encouraging employers to train older workers to use the latest technology. "Older workers often have the necessary skills but sometimes are not familiar with some types of new technology or work environments. These problems can be overcome during the induction and training process," the service said.

The organisation is offering employers guidance and practical advice on what to consider when recruiting older workers.

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