Stuart Lewis, Founder of Rest Less, commented: “Economic inactivity levels amongst those in their 50s and 60s have surged since before the pandemic in large part due to poor health. In July to September this year, more than 1.3 million people aged between 50 and 64 were not actively working, or looking for work due to long or short-term sickness – an increase of more than 100,000 since before the pandemic.
“At a time when the economy is suffering from widespread labour shortages, of particular note to employers should be that more than 500,000 of the 3.5 million economically inactive people in this age group still said they wanted a job.
“Investment in flexible working policies and practices that offer people meaningful work on terms that work for them, is long overdue and will help support a large, talented but previously overlooked portion of society back into the workforce. Flexible working does not just mean remote working. Instead it encompasses flexible working patterns, management by objectives (not hours worked), as well as the location from which you work. In response to its consultation on flexible working, we hope to see the Government make legislative changes enshrining the importance of flexible working for everyone. This will give many more people access to a jobs market from which they’ve previously felt shut out of.”
Notes to Editors
*This is based on a bespoke data set from the ONS requested by Rest Less in November 2021 and is based on non-seasonally adjusted data from the Labour Force Survey
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Rest Less (restless.co.uk) launched in early 2019 and is a digital community for people in their 50s, 60s and beyond. Rest Less is on a mission to help its members get more out of life and offers content guidance and resources on topics spanning Jobs and Careers, Volunteering, Learning, Money, Health and Lifestyle and Dating.