50 year olds four times less likely to be asked for interview

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New research reveals age-discrimination is alive and well, despite being illegal.

Academics at Anglia Ruskin University’s Lord Ashcroft International Business School applied for jobs between July 2013 and May 2015, using two sets of CVs: One was from a 28 year old man and a 28 year old women; while the other came from a 50-year man and a 50 year-old woman.

In total it applied to 1,836 jobs to see if there were any differences in response, and the results were staggering.

Overall, the older candidate was 4.2 times less likely to be offered an interview – despite having more experience.

For women the impact of age was even more pronounced than men, with the 50 year-old female candidate being 5.3 times less likely to get an interview than the 28 year-old female.

“Unfortunately workforce ageing is still often viewed negatively by those working in HR, who focus on difficulties and conflicts instead of potentials and opportunities,” said Dr Nick Drydakis, reader in economics at Anglia Ruskin University.