Hispanic Workers Ages 50+ May Help Employers Solve Potential Future Labor Shortages
- In 2006-2008, 15% of Hispanics ages 50-69 reported work disabilities, compared with 24% of non-Hispanic blacks and 14% of non-Hispanic whites.
- Approximately 3.2 million Hispanics ages 50-69 were employed in 2007, earning a total of $126 billion.
- At age 65, Hispanic men and women can expect to live three years longer than non-Hispanic whites and four years longer than non-Hispanic blacks.
- Develop recruiting materials in English and Spanish if an employer is open to hiring workers who are not fluent in English.
- Use media outlets and other recruiting channels that serve the Hispanic community.
- Implement retraining programs to help older workers in physically demanding jobs transition into positions that require less physical exertion.
- Consider offering educational opportunities to workers and job seekers who are good matches for certain career opportunities but who lack a few skills. Such training could include English-as-a-Second Language and skill training, the report suggested.
- Consider training for managers that encourages them to embrace workplace diversity and stresses the value that diverse viewpoints can provide an employer.