Ageism is set to threaten plans for late retirementOn 30 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Half of all people aged over 50 want to work past retirement age, but eightout of 10 claim to have been victims of age discrimination by employers. Research by Age Concern and recruitment firm Reed also shows that four infive felt their job applications had been rejected because of their age. Of the 3,000 people aged 50-plus who were surveyed, one in three believeageism begins to prejudice employment opportunities before staff reach 45. Age discrimination at work will become illegal in the UK with theimplementation of EU law in December 2006. Sam Mercer, director of the Employers Forum on Age, said the research waswelcome because it would wake employers up to the fact that people could soonbe working many years longer than at present. The report shows a major shift in the amount of people intending to workpast the State Pension Age in the future, with 48 per cent saying they wouldwork beyond retirement age, compared with the 9 per cent of people overretirement age currently in work. “This challenges the stereotype that people want to get out of work andshows that keeping experienced staff for longer will help to address skillsshortages,” Mercer said. “That so many feel they have been discriminated against because oftheir age will be a sobering statistic for employers, and should be used toreinforce [the fact] that it will soon be unlawful,” she added. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.