Although recent changes in legislation mean that employers can no long use age as a criteria for employment, more education on the new laws is needed, it has been claimed.
Philip Walker, chairman and co-founder of the Campaign Against Age Discrimination in Employment (CAADE), said that while companies are more willing to employ older staff, attitudes have yet to change completely.
According to Mr Walker, this prejudice ought to be tackled through educating both employers and their employees.
"What we're doing at the moment is trying to [pressure] Government to spend more on educating employees but they need to spend more on educating employers, too," Mr Walker remarked.
Employees should not necessarily believe that because they have spent the majority of their career in one sector, they have to spend the rest of their time working in that one area, he added.
Employment organization Acas recently stated that fewer than 20 per cent of small businesses have made changes to their business practices following the introduction of the Employment & Equality (Age) Regulations in October last year.