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11th September 2018

Becoming an Age-friendly Employer

14% of over-50 employees believe they have been turned down for a job due to their age.

A recent YouGov survey on age discrimination in the workplace found that since turning 50, 14% of over-50 employees believe they have been turned down for a job due to their age and nearly one in five (18%) have or have considered hiding their age in job applications. Nearly half (46%) think their age would disadvantage them in applying for a job and one in five think people see them as less capable due to their age.

Drawing on this, and on a comprehensive evidence report, the Centre for Ageing Better has published a new report “Becoming an Age-friendly Employer” urging employers to adopt five steps to an age-friendly workplace to ensure they are ready for the ageing workforce:

  1. Be flexible about flexible working: Offer more flexibility, manage it well and help people know their options
  2. Hire age-positively: Actively target candidates of all ages, and minimise age bias in recruitment processes
  3. Ensure everyone has the health support they need: Enable early and open conversations, and early and sustained access to support for workers with health conditions
  4. Encourage career development at all ages: Provide opportunities for people to develop their careers and plan for the future at mid-life and beyond
  5. Create an age-positive culture: Equip HR professionals and managers to promote an age-positive culture, and support interaction and networking among staff of all ages