Impact of WFH on older workers

ended 24. August 2021

On Wednesday morning at 09:30, the Office for National Statistics is publishing a report exploring “the implications of the pandemic-driven change in working arrangements on the timing of older workers' exit from the labour market”. With this in mind, we want to know:

  • Has the WFH phenomenon resulted in older workers leaving the workforce sooner than was the case pre-pandemic? If so, why is this? 
  • How, in your experience, is the growing shift towards homeworking impacting older workers? Is it making them less attractive because they are considered less ‘tech-savvy’?

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1 responses from the Newspage community

“The evidence from the job seekers approaching us is that older workers are being pushed out of pre-pandemic roles in their thousands. "People aged 45+ are job hunting in droves as a result of the pandemic. The fallout from Covid-19, and the wholesale switch to remote working, seems to have hit older workers particularly hard. Maybe they're not considered tech savvy enough? "Many older workers are seeking flexibility to accommodate a better work/life balance as they enter the latter stages of their working lives. People's mindsets have changed irreversibly as a result of the pandemic. "Flexibility that was once considered a luxury is now a requirement, if you're lucky enough to find a role."