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18 December 2017

Most British workers say age discrimination is common at work

Age discrimination is "rife" in the workplace, with seven in 10 employees saying they have been treated unfavourably because of their age, a study finds.

A survey by job listings site CV-Library, shows that of 1,400 people polled, 70.8% say workplace bias centred around a person's age does exist, despite age discrimination being illegal under the 2010 Equality Act.

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

"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.'

A breakdown of the figures show that the prevalence of age discrimination at work is most felt at either end of the spectrum.

Younger employees and older workers are more likely to feel aggrieved about being discriminated against because of their age, with under 18s feeling they're not taken seriously by employers and older workers being told they're "too stuck in their ways".

But it is not just bias in the workplace that is an issue and many say it takes place much earlier. The figures show a third of workers say that they have been rejected for a job because of their age.

Mr Biggins added: "It's clear that discrimination around age is not only rife in workplaces, but also during the hiring process."

He says employers are under the misconception that by being picky they will secure a better workforce, but states "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," he said.

Kathryn Fielder

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