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.
|Title of host publication||Managing our intellectual and social capital|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings of the 21st ANZAM Conference|
|Place of Publication||Canning Bridge, W.A.|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007) - Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 4 Dec 2007 → 7 Dec 2007
|Conference||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (21st : 2007)|
|Period||4/12/07 → 7/12/07|
- skills shortages
- employee training
- older workers
Mountford, H. (2007). Mature aged workers: an answer to the skills shortage? In Managing our intellectual and social capital: proceedings of the 21st ANZAM Conference Canning Bridge, W.A.: Promaco Conventions.