Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed a report that claims more companies are prepared to employ people approaching the traditional retirement age.
The survey, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed seven out of ten employers are seeking to recruit people over the age of 55.
BCI policy adviser James Cooper said: "This is good news for older workers. We have long been campaigning for employers to value the contribution that mature employees can make to a business and we welcome the fact that firms are not wasting the pool of skills and experience that over 55s can provide.
"This will continue to become more important in the coming years. Between now and 2028, the number of under 20s in Birmingham and Solihull is expected to grow by 20,400. In contrast, the population of over 40s in the sub-region will grow by 74,300 over the same period.
"However, we do urge a note of caution to employers. The Employment Equality (Age) legislation will make it illegal for a company to target a particular age group for employment as of October, although all moves towards an age diverse labour market should be welcomed."
Mr Cooper said it was also worrying that more than eight out of ten employers claim to report difficulties in finding staff, which is why they are turning to older workers.
"The UK currently has an issue regarding a relatively poor level of skills amongst its young population," he said.
"Only 44 per cent of school leavers currently achieve A-Cs in GCSE English and Maths and we know that in the West Midlands region a large proportion of unemployed individuals are young, unskilled people aged between 16 and 24."