British businesses are likely to suffer from an ageing workforce and higher rates of chronic disease, private healthcare company Bupa has warned.
Productivity could be seriously at risk by 2030 as the number of workers with diabetes or respiratory diseases will increase by at least seven per cent and mental illness by five per cent, the company believes.
Musculoskeletal disease will also increase by eight per cent and heart disease will soar by 11 per cent until over a million people are affected.
Experts also estimate that the average age of the workforce will reach 43, while a typical worker will retire at the age of 68 by 2050.
Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald, managing director for Bupa UK Health Insurance, said that the Healthy Work report provides a clear picture of the major health issues that will affect British workers over the next 20 years.
"Our report provides British businesses with an early warning of how the health needs of workers will change and, importantly, it gives them time to take action to keep their employees healthy, productive and at work," she said.
"The commercial benefits of taking action on workplace health are clear as healthy employees can be nearly three times more productive than those in poor health."
Help the Aged figures suggest that the number of over-65s will rise by over 60 per cent in the next 25 years.
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Private health insurance: News update: 02/04/2009