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Briefing: Local action on health inequalities: Increasing employment opportunities and retention for older people

Abstract

This briefing was commissioned by PHE and written by the Institute of Health Equity. It is a summary of a more detailed evidence review on the same topic and is intended primarily for directors of public health, public health teams and local authorities. This briefing and accompanying evidence reviews are part of a series commissioned by PHE to describe and demonstrate effective, practical local action on a range of social determinants of health.

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The associated evidence summary is:Local action on health inequalities: Increasing employment opportunities and improving workplace health

Summary
1. Being in good work protects health and wellbeing. Work is an important source of income needed for a healthy life and provides social opportunities that are good for health and wellbeing.
2. Poor working conditions contribute to early retirement. Older people in more disadvantaged social positions are more likely to have difficulty finding and keeping a job. Both issues contribute to health inequalities.
3. A range of employer approaches are likely to increase employment opportunities and retention among older people including measures to promote fair recruitment, equal training opportunities, flexible working, improvements to the physical and psychosocial work environment, phased retirement and succession planning.
4. For employers, the benefits of employing and retaining older workers can include reduced turnover and recruitment costs, positive employee feedback, retention of skills and experience and transfer of knowledge.

 

Information Type

Evidence Summary

Geographical Level

National

Population Level

Older People

Source

Public Health England

Keywords

local authority, public health, health inequalities, employment, older people

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