Ageism 'still an issue in UK workplaces'

10-02-2009

Ageism 'still an issue in UK workplaces'
Many employees are still victims of ageism at work, despite laws being introduced to tackle the issue, it has been claimed.

According to the Employers Forum on Age (EFA), the 2006 age legislation has not done enough to help older workers.

The organisation also believes that the government should scrap the default retirement age of 65, Personnel Today reports.

A study conducted by the Dispatches programme Too Old to Work, which was aired on Channel 4, revealed that two-thirds of people forced to retire did not feel ready to leave the workplace.

Catharine Pusey, director of the EFA, said: "It's down to us all as individuals to challenge our own ageist beliefs and ensure that particularly at work, we base our judgments on skills and ability, rather than age."

A survey conducted by ICM and commissioned by Age Concern recently discovered that people over the age of 50 are more likely to be made redundant than their younger colleagues, the Telegraph reported.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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