Worrying number of older workers claim to have experienced age discrimination

Worrying number of older workers claim to have experienced age discrimination

A surprisingly high number of older workers claim to have experienced age-related discrimination at work.

According to a new survey carried out by job-hunting website CV Library, which quizzed 1,400 workers, more than 85 per cent of over-55s believe that they have faced some form discrimination in the workplace linked to their age.

Meanwhile, more than 70 per cent of respondents of all ages added that they thought age discrimination was common at their place of work.

Interestingly, the study also found that many younger workers also felt discriminated against.

Approximately 35 per cent of those quizzed said that they had been told by their employer that they lacked experience, while a similar number said that their boss did not take them seriously due to their age.

Furthermore, around 65 per cent of workers under-18 said that they had been turned down for a job due to their age.

Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV Library, said: “Sadly, there is clearly still a great amount of discrimination amongst those considered to be ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ to work in certain positions.

“As a nation, we need to address this issue head on and consider ways in which we can remove these stigmas.

“Younger and older workers are a key part of driving our economy forward and companies should embrace a diverse range of employees in their business,” he said.