The Risks of Innovation Leaving Older Workers Behind
Training and refreshes are necessary to keep everyone up to speed
When gaps emerge in the workforce, they create opportunities for associations to step up and work to close them in their respective industries.
And one area where things are opening up in a big way is the knowledge gap for older workers, particularly in areas such as information technology. As The Wall Street Journal recently reported, 61 percent of all IT workers are between the ages of 22 and 44, a far higher percentage than the 49 percent of the overall workforce that age group makes up, according to CompTIA data.
Two root causes are cited by the report: a lack of ongoing education to keep skills up to date as technology evolves; and growing wages as executives age, leading organizations to hire younger employees with lower salary requirements.
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