Government recommends older workers for hospitality sector

By Eleanor Goodman

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Hospitality sector, Retirement

The hospitality sector is falling foul of employment legislation and should recruit older workers, according to new research.A report published by...

The hospitality sector is falling foul of employment legislation and should recruit older workers, according to new research.

A report published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said the sector favours years of experience rather than competency when recruiting, and often provides information on the ages of candidates - unlawful practices under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations.

It also said the hospitality sector has a higher proportion of young employees compared to any other business sector and by 2014 it will need 850,000 new employees - 70 per cent of the current workforce - to meet expansion and replace leavers.

The report said older people were ideal candidates because many wanted the choice of continuing to work rather than retire and they have a low rate of absenteeism.

Age Positive, a DWP initiative, is offering a free organiser which contains guidance on age issues, a CD rom, top tips, practical case study material and sources of information. For a copy of the 'Be Ready' organiser, telephone 0845 715 2000 or email apg@trgeuropeplc.com.

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