Employment opportunities for people over 50

The National Assembly for Wales’s Enterprise and Business Committee undertook an inquiry into employment opportunities for people over 50.


Terms of reference


  • The barriers that face people over 50 trying to re-enter the labour market
  • The extent of age-discrimination and its impact on the recruitment of people over 50
  • Whether there are any disadvantages to people over 50 re-entering the labour market
  • The effectiveness of the Welsh Government’s Strategy for Older People in Wales 2013-23 in assisting people over 50 into work
  • The support that is most effective for people over 50 trying to re-enter the labour market (particularly programmes and projects).


As part of these terms of reference, the Committee considered:


  • The availability and suitability of local job opportunities
  • The need for relevant support and skills training
  • Transport difficulties, including availability and cost (especially in rural areas)
  • Lack of confidence (for example, following redundancy)
  • Assisting and supporting people with additional challenges (for example, those with a disability)
  • Potential barriers to people over 50 accessing employment owing to caring responsibilities (for example, caring for elderly parents)
  • The role of people over 50 in mentoring younger workers and passing on their skills and knowledge
  • How people over 50 re-entering the labour market can affect the number of jobs and career progression opportunities available to younger workers
  • Assisting those from areas of high unemployment
  • The impact and value-for-money of European funding.


Evidence from the Public

The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic.

Business type:

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 07/11/2014