•“Mature workers offer a wealth of knowledge and experience that has translated into a significant competitive advantage for employers,” Rosemary Haefner, vice president of HR at CareerBuilder, said. “Employers are considering mature job candidates for a variety of positions ranging from entry-level to senior-level to consultants to leverage their intellectual capital and mentor other workers. Twenty-nine percent of employers have hired a worker age 50 or older for a permanent position within their organization over the last six months.”
•Of those older workers who were lucky enough to find jobs, 26 percent took a job in another field and 75 percent said they’re enjoying the experience. Among them, 40 percent found positions with similar pay, 13 percent found jobs with higher pay and 48 percent took a pay cut.
•As so many older workers are continuing to look for jobs, it’s clear that many are delaying retirement. About 21 percent of employers reported that over the last six months, employees approaching retirement age have asked to postpone retirement. Of those employers, 86 percent said their company is open to that idea.
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