Older workers could help solve an imminent skills shortage if organisations learn to embrace their ageing workforces, research has shown. The UK faces a talent crisis. During the next decade there will be 13.5 million job vacancies, but only 7 million school and college graduates will enter the workforce – leaving a skills shortage that immigration alone cannot plug. A solution to this talent time bomb could already lie within organisations: better managing Britain's greying workforce. That is the recommendation of The Ageing Workforce - What's Your Strategy?, a new report by OD consultancy Talentsmoothie in association with HR magazine. It found that, although 60% of baby boomers plan to extend their careers beyond the conventional retirement age, 80% of employers were not planning HR policy changes in response to this demographic challenge. "This has to change given the predicted future skills shortages and the proven business benefits older workers offer," said Justine James, the report's author and Talentsmoothie founding director. "We shouldn't leave discussions about retirement or extended career phases to six months before someone is due to do leave. It should be a HR priority to put this to senior management."