FIRMS URGED TO HELP STAFF IN DEBT
Employers have been urged do more to help staff with money problems after a debt charity reported a sharp rise in calls to its helpline. The Consumer Credit Counselling Service revealed that 93,000 people called it for help with their debts in the first three months of 2010 - compared with 69,432 for the same period last year.
The charity urged organisations to encourage staff with debt problems to seek help immediately, referring them to free sources of advice to prevent them from going to companies who will charge them for dealing with their debt problems.
BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR OLDER WORKERS
The workplace of 2020 will see older workers as prized employees with knowledge and experience, researchers have predicted. A new report, Visions of Britain 2020, by Friends Provident and the Future Foundation, predicts that workers aged between 55 and 70, who might now feel marginalised in the employment market, will be in a much stronger position in 2020, while inexperienced graduates will need to become ever more entrepreneurial to find work.
MILLIONS PLAN TO DELAY RETIREMENT
More than 33 million workers will be forced to work beyond their retirement age, according to a new study by insurance firm Aviva. Its latest Real Retirement report found that 68% of workers are so concerned about their finances that they will continue working past the standard retirement ages - and one in 10 believes they will never be able to give up work.
FIRMS SNAP UP EX-SERVICE PEOPLE
More than half of ex-military recruits manage to find work in less than two months after leaving the Services, research has revealed. A poll of 3,265 ex-military personnel, by recruitment firm Gemini Forces, reveals that 53% of respondents got civilian work within a matter of weeks.