DRA – Recruiters will play key role in helping older workers access new opportunities, says REC

Released on 13 January 2011

The Government announced today its intention to scrap the Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65. The aim is to give people a greater choice on when they stop working. The REC has responded by underlining the key role that recruiters can play in helping older workers access new opportunities.
Following an extensive consultation process, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills said today it would be phasing out of the DRA between April 6 and October 1 this year.

Commenting on its removal, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services, said:

“The world of work will continue to evolve and to reflect the changing demographics in our society. There will be an increasing desire and, in many cases, an increasing need for individuals to prolong their working lives. Professional recruiters can play a key role by helping older workers to explore new opportunities and access both temporary and permanent jobs.
“Scrapping the DRA may make succession planning a bit more complex. Working with employers to develop long-term resourcing strategies which take changing demographics and new regulations into account is a further opportunity for recruiters to demonstrate real added value.
“Looking ahead, the Government needs to drive a pro-active job creation agenda to boost opportunities for workers of all ages and avoid a 'bottle-neck' for younger job seekers. This week's Jobs Summit was a good start but must be followed up with real progress from Government in fostering investment and jobs."

To help businesses and employers, the Government has also issued new guidance today to help them adapt to the removal of the regulation. For more information, go to http://www.bis.gov.uk/retirement-age <http://www.bis.gov.uk/retirement-age>.