A new report from Hitachi Capital UK and CEBR (Centre for Economic and Business Research) has found that over-50s are creating more jobs and contributing to the growth of the UK’s economy at a faster rate than any other age group.
This age group are also outstripping the young on job creation. Labour Force Survey data shows that over-50s currently make up 45% of the UK self-employed workforce, and that the employers among them accounted for nearly 10 million jobs in 2016 – almost 2 million more than the under-50s.
Driven by increasing life expectancy, the number of over-50s living in the UK has increased substantially over the past 15 years to 23.6 million in 2015, a figure that is set to keep rising.
Playing an increasingly important role in the economic growth of the UK the age group is reportedly outstripping its younger counterparts on a number of fronts - from spending, job creation and contribution to GDP - which is having a significant impact on our economic prosperity.
The study also found that, as with spending, employment by the over-50s had grown significantly faster – another trend that’s expected to continue.
Robert Gordon, CEO of Hitachi Capital UK, said: “Our research challenges negative preconceptions about the over-50s – both in our industry and in society in general.
“Not only have we shown that this group is now the dominant force in the UK economy, but also that their contribution across jobs, spending and wealth creation is growing at a considerably faster rate than the under-50s’.
“We are now seeing the over 50’s setting up and running their own businesses at a faster rate than any other age group, directly employing nearly 10million people, 2 million more than the under 50’s.
“It is time to stop being negative about the older generation. Instead of writing them off, we must become more effective at realising the economic ambitions of this growing section of the population.“
Fascinating, they do say that 50 is new 40!
Analysis of the economic impact of this ‘silver pound’ showed that it translated to a contribution of £119 billion to the UK economy (over 6% of total UK GDP in 2016), supporting an estimated 1.9 million jobs.