Age friendly employers

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More than 40 major UK employers have signed up to the workingwise Top Employers Charter, demonstrating their commitment to investing in older employees.

We created the Charter to highlight the benefits of investing in more mature workers and eradicate age bias in the workplace, and it’s good to see so many employers signing up.

How does this Charter for Age Friendly Employers work?

Workingwise is a recognised and respected voice for people aged 50+ in the workplace. We created the Top Employers Charter to encourage organisations to assess whether they are an age friendly employer – and take steps in the right direction.

Those that sign up to the Charter are making a public commitment to actively support more mature employees at work.

When an employer signs up to the Charter, they agree to:

  • Openly support flexible working
  • Treat older workers as equals
  • Stamp out age bias from recruitment onwards
  • Create a diverse and inclusive workplace for all employees
  • Enable people to develop and build their careers – whatever their working pattern or age
  • Drive awareness of issues affecting older workers, such as caring responsibilities and health concerns.

What will it mean for me if I work for an Age Friendly Employer?

The organisations that have signed up to the workingwise Top Employers charter have publicly committed to supporting older people at work.

You should expect a fair and welcoming recruitment process, where you are judged on your skills and experience, not your age. As an employee, you should have good opportunities to work flexibly, whether that be through part-time or non-standard hours or a level of remote working.

Importantly, you should be offered training and development opportunities, and feel valued as a member of a diverse, equitable team.

Which employers have signed up to the Top Employers Charter for older workers?

More than 40 organisations have pledged their commitment to the charter. The full list is on the Top Employers Charter page.

Some of the best known names amongst these age friendly employers are the Department for Work & Pensions, the Department for Education, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, , John Lewis Partnership, McDonald’s, Next, Sky and Starbucks.

A special mention goes to QA, which won our 2022 Top Employers Award for “Best for Older Workers”. QA is the UK’s leading tech training provider, developing skills and capabilities for everyone from apprentices to business leaders.

QA was selected for its efforts in bringing job opportunities to older workers and helping restore people’s confidence, particularly for those that have taken time out of the workplace. It provides menopause support and supports older workers through learning provision. This is an important issue given older workers are often overlooked when it comes to training. Read more about why they won here.

Where can I find jobs with age-friendly employers?

Our jobs pages focus on jobs that are ideal for older workers, with an emphasis on part-time opportunities, jobs with good flexibility and roles with inclusive employers.

You can narrow down the opportunities by industry sector, by job role, by hours or location. We have a broad spread of roles for people with all kinds of skills and experience. Take a look too at our jobseeekers section for advice and news for older employees.

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