Ageing, employment, labour market, Moravian-Silesian Region, small and medium enterprises
The ageing of the Czech population brings the problem of insufficient quantitative and qualitative reproduction of the labour force, which influences the competitiveness of the country. National strategic documents emphasize the necessity of using the work potential of older people through the realization of measures to support their employment. The efficiency of these measures depends on the characteristics of the older people, the attitudes of other labour market subjects towards them, and regional differences. Therefore, the aim of this paper is the detailed description of older people’s characteristics and their situation in the Czech labour market, and the evaluation of its differences between national and regional levels. The paper did not identify any significant differences between the situation of older people on the national labour market and the labour market of the Moravian-Silesian Region, which suggests the applicability of a unified approach supporting the employability of 50+ people. However, a lack of interest in employing 50+ workers was identified in the case of small and medium enterprises, as well as insufficient activity by 50+ individuals themselves to lead to any improvement of their current situation.