Shocking levels of ageism in recruitment revealed

by Emily Douglas18 Dec 2017
Three quarters of UK employees claim age discrimination is rife in their workplace, according to a new report from CV-Library.

70.8% of British workers have revealed that discrimination around age is common in their office, rising to 85.3% amongst those aged 55-64.

After asking 1,400 employees, 30% claimed to have been turned down for a role because of their age. On the other end of the spectrum, 57.1% of under 18s feel they’re not taken seriously at work, because of their age.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented: “Diversity is a hot topic at the moment, and it is something that should be celebrated in the workplace. 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.”

Half of those deemed ‘too young’ for a role where told they didn’t have enough experience, with 35% saying the employer felt no one would take them seriously. Conversely, for those considered to be ‘too old’, one in five (20.2%) were told that they would be too stuck in their own ways.

“It’s clear that discrimination around age is not only rife in workplaces, but also during the hiring process,” added Biggins. “But, while employers may think their pickiness will secure them the very best workers, they’re actually limiting themselves even further. 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.”


  • by Sherman 18/12/2017 12:14:43 PM

    Apart from calling out the findings and saying it is rife, what is being done or can be done?

    Organizations - how can they be more open and why should they?
    Government - any role for public organisations in this endeavour?
    Individuals - when they face it, what can be done?

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