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Title: Employers' use of older workers in the recession
Authors: Beck, Vanessa
First Published: 1-Jan-2013
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Citation: Employee Relations, 2013, 35 (3), pp. 257-271
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the degree to which there have been changes during the recession in the behaviour of employers with regards to their employment of older workers. The paper aims to show that there has been substantial change since the last recession and that there are, potentially, significant developments still occurring. Design/methodology/approach – A small group of employers from a range of sectors were interviewed twice, once at the outset of the (first) recession and once towards its end. Findings – The situation for older workers in employment is better than in previous recessions, mainly because employers are less likely to resort to redundancies for workers of all ages. Instead, a range of flexible working options are being utilised, including flexible retirement and adjustments to work processes. In the main the flexibility was instituted and controlled by the organisations. Employers are looking for alternative strategies to deal with a shift in control over the retirement process as a result of the abolishment of the default retirement age. Research limitations/implications – The research was undertaken with a small sample, which has implications for the generalizability of the results. Although it would be difficult to further investigate the developments of employer behaviour during the recession, the long-term implications and the effects of the recession, in particular on older workers, are yet to emerge. Originality/value – The paper shows a new development in dealing with older workers during a recession.
DOI Link: 10.1108/01425451311320468
ISSN: 0142-5455
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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