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COVID-19: Considering the impact on older workers

A panel of experts discuss the impact of COVID-19 on older workers.


Dr Sheena Johnson, Professor of Work Psychology and Wellbeing.

Sheena shares her thoughts on how older workers are disproportionately affected given their increased risk to COVID-19, and considers what support employers can put in place to mitigate this.

Dr Emily Andrews, Senior Evidence Manager at Centre for Ageing Better.

Emily discusses how the emerging picture of the impact of this recession on workers is u-shaped across the life course: the youngest workers being hit hardest, but the oldest (working-age) workers also seeing a substantial hit to their earnings and hours. Emily Andrews from the Centre for Ageing Better will present findings from new research produced in partnership with the Learning and Work Institute – on the impact of this recession on workers in their 50s and 60s, what we can learn from previous responses to unemployment among this age-group, and what needs to be done next to ensure that progress on 50+ employment does not go into reverse.

Dr Mat Ainsworth, Assistant Director – Employment (Policy, Strategy & Delivery) Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Mat will talk about the work of the GM Ageing Hub on tackling labour market inequalities faced by older people; the risks and potential opportunities presented by Covid-19 and the launch of an innovative local pilot in partnership with Ageing Better and DWP.



Blog posts give the views of the author, and are not necessarily those of Alliance Manchester Business School and The University of Manchester.

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