Pensions minister, Steve Webb says that UK firms must increasingly “embrace our ageing population and the wealth of skills and experience older workers bring to business”
This news arrived just days before TV chef, Jamie Oliver publically criticised the UK workforce, particularly younger workers for being “wet behind the ears”. Oliver claimed that European Immigrants offered a “tougher” and “stronger” work ethic than Brits who are “too tired” working the EU regulated 48 hour week.
Oliver claimed that during his 20s, he expected to work 80-100 hours a week as standard. Webb’s comments came after news that the number of people aged between 50 and 64 in employment in the UK has increased by almost 2m in the past 15 years.
Webb believes that rather than blocking jobs for younger workers, the over-50s can help to mentor and develop new recruits and apprentices to maximise productivity across the workforce.
Perhaps Oliver speaks truth in EU counterparts, but with guidance from an older UK generation, maybe all would not be so negative towards the younger UK workforce.