Rising Age of the Workforce

Our breakfast on Tuesday “Raising awareness of the impact of an ageing workforce…..Are you Prepared?” was a huge success. Presented by Alison Monroe, it challenged our thought process on Australia’s ageing population and it’s impact on the available pool of labour over the next decade.

The seminar looked at the unprecedented rate at which the Australian workforce is ageing, and explored the resulting risks, challenges and opportunities organisations face. Alison’s presentation offered all attendees plenty of realistic strategies and succession plans to take away whilst addressing this issue in their organisation. For more information, please contact Alison Monroe at www.sageco.com.au

Why Baby Boomers Won’t Quit Working Ageing Workforce?

The Weekend Financial Review’s 31 July – 1 August excellent article by Deirdre Macken provides an up to date snapshot of how our workforce is changing. You need to subscribe to get the full article, but in the meantime, here are seven stats to have up your sleeve:

1. In the past three years, almost 100 000 extra older workers have entered the workforce annually

2. Ten years ago only a third of people aged 60 – 64 were working; now more than half of the 60 – 64 population are working

3. Three years ago, one in seven workers were older than 55; now it’s one in six.

4. 40 percent of all the new workers in the past three years are 55 or older

5. Since June 2007 the only age groups that convincingly increased their participation in the workforce were those over 55

6. The number of workers aged 65 plus jumped 30 %compared with the population increase in that age group of 8.5 %

7. The biggest increase in workers across the country is among women older than 65

As Barbara Pocock says: Compared with 20 years ago, there is a lot more identity-making and meaning-making that has been attached to work. Even people’s friendships are more likely to be based at work than in previous generations.” What’s all this mean?

An ageing workforce means that organisations need to re-think the way we work and what a career life cycle is. The mantra we often hear: “Happy to work longer, but not the way I’m working now.” Let’s make our work association enjoyable, social, meaningful and supportive of other facets of our lives. Now that’s something no generation will argue with.


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