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Two in five over 50s struggle to progress in jobs

13th June 2019

Two out of five workers in their 50s believe that they face a lack of opportunity to progress in their job, posing a risk of over 15 years of “untapped potential” as their careers stagnate said a new report.

A third of 1,000 workers in their 50s surveyed were uncertain how to progress in their job and did not know how to seek a promotion.

A fifth of those polled by jobs site Totaljobs and recruiters Robert Walters said a lack of training was a barrier to their development.

Of those who have had access to training, 90% have undertaken it, showing older workers are keen to learn new skills, said the report.

Alexandra Sydney of Totaljobs said: “Our research reveals a significant proportion of the UK workforce believe they are being overlooked for promotion opportunities.

“As life expectancy increases and the number of older workers rises, employers need to ensure they cater to the needs of all employees across the generations, lest they see a dip in engagement and productivity.’’

Chris Hickey of Robert Walters added: “It is not wise to switch off training and development for those reaching a certain age.’’

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