Pairing older with younger: leading London restaurateur's drive to hire +50s

The pandemic has hammered the job prospects of older workers. We got a measure of how hard in the latest from the UK’s official recordkeeper, the Office for National Statistics.

Vacancies are at a record high. There are more than 1.2 million job openings. But alongside that unprecedented demand, economic inactivity appears to be rising. Fewer older people are working; 180,000 fewer than before COVID hit.

There are nearly as many vacancies as there are jobless of all ages. Employers are facing the tightest jobs market in at least 50 years. It’s a taste of the demographic crunch I spoke about in my episode with Bradley Schurman if action isn’t taken to retain or hire older people who want and need to work.

A timely trip to The Big Middle archives now from  the summer of 2019. We hear about London restaurateur Jeremy King’s trailblazing effort to attract older workers to the restaurant trade. Top gent who appreciates the soft skills older employees bring to his top tables.



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