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Turning the Tide
Survey by Accenture. It reveals that European businesses and organisations have slashed spending on training at a time when they should increase it to fuel economic growth.
Less than a fifth (18%) of 500 European business and government leaders polled planned to increase spending on skills and training over the next 12 months, but 43% admitted that they themselves faced a skills shortage and 72% said increased investment was needed for skills.
The report also concludes that 67 percent of decision makers surveyed think that employers undervalue the skills of older age groups.
||SHRM-AARP Survey of Strategic Workforce Planning
Survey by the Society for Human Resource Management and AARP. The percentage of organisations who are aware of a potential shortage of younger workers with the requisite skills needed to replace older workers has increased to more than one-quarter (27%).
As older workers exit the workforce over the next decade, 39% of organizations believe that this will cause potential problems for their industry
||The Polarization of Job Opportunities
in the U.S. Labor Market
||A study on the drivers for the disappearing middle class in the US.
||7 Charts That Sum Up Our Jobs Mess
||The Motley Fool
||Rather scary article on the extent of the recession and the job statistics.
||Article in EurActiv: Big business doomed, the future is small
||EURACTIV and the Lisbon Council
||Policymakers should prepare for a future in which big manufacturing business no longer exists and has been replaced by a string of ‘micro-multinational’ SMEs, according to a policy brief from an influential European think tank. The Report can be seen here. The report also highlights the increased role of distributed team working. This would fit the work wishes of the retired boomers.
||Why companies need to start hiring older workers
||Contribution by the CEO of the Boston Consulting Group at the World Economic Forum, advising companies to pro-actively create a "demographic risk management policy"
||Leading Practices for Managing Mature Employees
||Singapore created a tri-partite alliance between the government, employers and labour organsitions to tackle the issue. This a one of the resulting initiatives.
||Valuing And Keeping Older Workers.
|National Seniors Australia
||A case study of what workers think about ageing,
retirement and age-friendly workplace strategiesInteresting differences in views between young and mature workers.
||Age: A 21st century diversity imperative
||Company case studies.
||Merrill Lynch Retirement Study
||Interviews with both employers and employees. There are some significant differences in perspectives between the two sides.
||Work patterns and wishes of UK retirees.
||The survey shows that many retirees work part time after retirement. It also covers their motives.
||Cornell University study on couples in retirement
||The study shows that men who decide to retire permanently have an increased level of depression and low morale.