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Author: News Letter
Published on 18 August 2014 01:00 PM

Peter Robinson has spoken of the valuable contribution made by the over-65s in the workplace as new figures show a sharp increase in their numbers in recent years.

The First Minister, who recently reached the old compulsory retirement age of 65, said it was business as usual for himself and shrugged off any notion of slowing down.

Since the current coalition government came to power in Westminster in May 2010 there has been a 36 per cent rise in the number of over-65s in employment, according to Saga.

The over-50s group said the number of older workers has been steadily rising in the years since the abolition of the default retirement age.

Mr Robinson told the News Letter: “There are real advantages for people who have experience which I think is underestimated by the more useful in our society.

“Look at the top business executives, the ones who have real experience; they have lived it, they’ve gone through it. They know from their past history how to deal with various problems.

Mr Robinson added: “I don’t think you can buy that kind of experience. No matter how good IT and consultants may be, the real life experiences are the kind of things that matter most.”

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