Mature aged workers: an answer to the skills shortage?

Hélène Mountford

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Governments and policy makers have been promoting the retention and employment of mature aged workers for the past few years. They have projected a labour and skills shortage which could hinder economic growth and have tried to encourage business to tap in to the largest single working cohort - the baby boomers - who are contemplating retirement. Before 2000 mature age participation in the workforce declined steadily/or more than 30 years, but recently there has been an upward trend in employment 0/55-64 year olds. Perhaps greater employment of the baby boomers into their 70s is the answer to a labour shortage. To make this happen, business will need to review its attitude, training and employment conditions to attract this demanding generation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging our intellectual and social capital
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 21st ANZAM Conference
Place of PublicationCanning Bridge, W.A.
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781863081412
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007) - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20077 Dec 2007


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007)


  • skills shortages
  • employee training
  • older workers


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