Research and analysis

Older workers and the workplace: evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey

This research examines the working experiences of older individuals and the effects of changes in age composition on workplace performance.

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Older workers and the workplace: evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey

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Summary: Older workers and the workplace: evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey

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This quantitative research aims to:

  • better understand the labour market participation of older workers in the UK, including the locations and sectors that older people work in
  • assess the effects of workplace policies and practices on older workers and their experiences
  • evaluate the effects of employing older workers on workplace performance

The research:

  • will add to Fuller Working Lives: evidence base 2017
  • contributes towards filling known evidence gaps, such as the importance of equal opportunities policies for the outcomes of older workers
  • marks the first time that an analysis of the effects of older workers on workplace performance has been conducted using UK data
  • will help the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to identify, promote and implement evidence-backed policies to help employers recruit and retain older workers
  • will feed into Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach

Authors: Lucy Stokes, Alex Bryson, Helen Bewley and John Forth (National Institute of Economic and Social Research).

The research is part of a suite of 4 Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) research reports contributing to the Fuller Working Lives: evidence base 2017.

The 4 DWP research reports are:

In July 2016, DWP published a new experimental official statistic on the Economic labour market status of individuals aged 50 and over since 1984.

Published 2 February 2017