Age discrimination still rife in UK workplaces, report suggests

Age discrimination still rife in UK workplaces, report suggests

A new report published by the Commons in recent days suggests that age discrimination remains rife in UK workplaces – and that “too little” is being done to address the problem.

According to MPs, British employers are “wasting the talents” of some one million UK workers aged over 50, whom the report describes as “out of work but would be willing to work if the right opportunity arose.”

Their Older People and Employment report warns that the problem has reached a point where it has become “alarming and totally unacceptable.”

It proposes that, following the recent introduction of gender pay gap reporting, businesses should be required by law to report the ‘age profile’ of their workforces.

It adds that recruitment agencies need to “accept greater responsibility” and help to develop a “plan of action” to curb age-related discrimination at the recruitment stage.

“People in later life are often playing many different roles in society, but those who wish to work should not face the current barriers of discrimination, bias and outdated employment practices,” the report said.

Conservative committee chairwoman, Maria Miller, added: “Age discrimination in the workplace is a serious problem, as many older people have discovered. Yet despite it being unlawful for more than a decade, the scale and lack of enforcement uncovered by our inquiry is both alarming and totally unacceptable.

“The Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have failed to get to grips with this.

“They must be more robust,” she said.