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Jobseekers aged over 50 'facing discrimination'



A growing number of jobseekers aged over 50 feel their age is working against them in the recruitment process.

The number of over 50s who feel their age is putting off potential employers has gone up, a new study has revealed.

According to The Age and Employment Network (TAEN), nearly three-quarters of over 50s believed recruiters have deemed them too old to fill a vacancy.

This is up from less than two-thirds during the previous year, which suggests that age discrimination could be growing among employers.

TAEN has therefore called for the new Equality Bill to include a requirement for bosses to report the age breakdown of their workforce.

Speaking to Personnel Today, chief executive Chris Ball commented: "It wouldn't be an onerous thing for employers to do and it would be helpful in terms of focusing them as organisations on age equality."

Similar provisions to highlight whether there is a gender pay gap in a business have already been included in the Equality Bill.

This comes after Trevor Phillips of the Equality and Human Rights Commission noted that while more than 11 million baby boomers do not plan to stop any time soon, many fear being "stopped in their tracks by ageism".


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