Older women can be valuable to the workforceEmployers have been advised to pay more consideration to older female job applicants, as they have “talents to contribute” to the workplace, it has been claimed.

Martina Devlin, in an article for the Irish Independent, says that despite this, such workers are frequently overlooked by society.

“This is a short-sighted attitude, especially in an era where life expectancy is climbing and people are capable of working beyond the state pension and general retirement age of 65,” she adds.

Ms Devlin explains, while the strain of younger women attempting to balance their career with raising a family is often reported, the voices of older women are getting lost, despite such workers being a valuable resource.

As a result, more needs to be done to encourage ladies to return to the workplace once they have taken the time out they desired to raise a family.

The Government Equalities Office recently revealed more women than ever before are taking up part-time work.

The new cross-government women’s employment strategy has proposed more highly skilled quality part-time jobs for women are needed in order to help boost the economy.