Top Companies in the UK Employing Older Workers

Written by Zoe Cresswell
Last updated February 16, 2022

The number of jobs for older people in the United Kingdom is increasing, and many companies are hiring more workers over fifty years old. Employers see older workers as valuable because they’re experienced, reliable, and productive. This article will be going through the top ten companies employing older workers, why these companies might appeal, and what kind of experience you should expect! 

Top Ten Companies in the UK Employing Older Workers

HSBC

HSBC is a multinational banking and financial services corporation based in London. HSBC employs over 7000 workers between fifty-five and sixty-four years old, which makes up 16% of their workforce (the average age at the firm is under thirty). HSBC offers opportunities for professional development, training, and support to help workers pursue jobs that are a good fit. 

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Ltd

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Ltd manufactures luxury vehicles under three brands: Land Rover, Jaguar Cars & Aston Martin. JLR has about 70 employees over fifty years old, which is around one per cent of their workforce. While JLR states that there are no jobs in particular for older workers, they do say that it would be a good fit if an employee has experience and expertise with cars or knowledge about the luxury market. 

BT Group PLC

BT Group PLC provides telecom services in the United Kingdom. BT is one of the largest employers in Scotland, where they have around seven hundred jobs available to older people. While there are no jobs that are exclusively open to workers over fifty years old, experience with telecommunications or engineering would be a great advantage for employees who want jobs at BT Group PLC. 

Marks and Spencer Group PLC

The fourth company on this list is Marks and Spencer Group PLC, which employs more than thirty thousand people across the globe. M&S has jobs for over seven hundred fifty workers between 55 and 64 years old, making up about one percent of their workforce. The company provides opportunities to develop skills through training courses that are available ongoing (and it’s free to employees). M&S also has an Apprentice program for jobs at all career levels. 

Boots UK Limited

Next on the list is Boots UK Limited, which provides health and beauty products across the country. The company employs more than 19 500 people, around 170 of whom are between 55-64 years old (that’s 0.79% of their workforce). Boots UK Limited is a large employer in the United Kingdom, so jobs are available across multiple locations and at all career levels. Employees can develop their skills through different kinds of training courses that focus on specific areas. 

McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd

McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd. has outlets throughout Great Britain that provide food services to customers. McDonald’s employs around 65,000 people in the country, and jobs are open to over 200 fifty-five-year-olds (0.79% of their workforce). The company has a ‘McDonald’s University’ program that provides training courses for jobs at different levels within the organisation, from entry-level positions up through management roles. 

British Gas

British Gas is one of the largest gas and electricity suppliers to homes across Great Britain. British Gas employs around 20,000 people in total jobs available for over four hundred fifty workers between 55-64 years old (over two percent of their workforce). Employees have opportunities to develop skills through training courses provided by the company, which are offered regularly. 

Barclays Bank

Barclays Bank provides banking, insurance, and investment services to customers in the United Kingdom. The company employs over 140,000 people across all jobs available for around 900 workers between 55-64 years old (around 0.79% of their workforce). Employees have opportunities to develop skills through training courses provided by Barclays Bank that cover a variety of topics related to finance or technology jobs. 

Unilever UK & Ireland Ltd

Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company that sells food, beverages and personal care products. The company has jobs for over sixteen hundred fifty people between 55 and 64 years old (about one percent of their workforce). Employees have opportunities to develop skills through training courses provided by the company, which are offered regularly.

Synectics Solutions

Synectics Solutions is a global consulting firm that provides services to businesses and other organisations. The company employs around two thousand people for over four hundred fifty workers between 55-64 years old (over one percent of their workforce). Employees can develop skills through training courses provided by Synectics Solutions, which focus on different industries or career paths within the organisation. 

This list demonstrates the variety of companies employing older workers in the UK and some of the opportunities they provide. Many jobs can be rewarding and still provide the potential for career development.

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Last Updated: Wednesday February 16 2022
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