Over the last ten years 'older workers' (as defined as 55+) occupy a substantial and growing proportion of the Irish labour force (almost 20%) and is becoming especially important due to a fall in the labour force participation of younger workers (footnote reference to this). Now is the time for organisations to take advantage of the benefits of age-inclusive recruitment and people management practices.

Based on the Centre for Ageing Better’s Good Recruitment for Older Workers (GROW) project findings, this UK guide, published in partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, is designed to provide practical suggestions for all employers to become more age-inclusive.

This guide offers five key actions employers can take to make their recruitment more age-inclusive:

  1. Put age into Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
  2. Know your numbers
  3. Debias your job adverts
  4. Check your process
  5. Build awareness and confidence.
By following these actions employers will be able to take advantage of the benefits of being more age-inclusive, including: 
  • increasing productivity and knowledge-sharing
  • boosting their reputation as an age-inclusive workplace
  • mitigating the discrimination felt by older and younger jobseekers alike, and 
  • ensuring their organisation is prepared for an ageing workforce.

Download the guide to take advantage of these opportunities and improve inclusion in your organisation


1YouGov for the Centre for Ageing Better. Total sample size was 2,247 senior decision makers in organisations across England. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27 April - 22 May 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of employment by organisation size, sector, industry and region.

2YouGov for the Centre for Ageing Better. Total sample size was 2,247 senior decision makers in organisations across England. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27 April - 22 May 2021. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of employment by organisation size, sector, industry and region.

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