Almost two-thirds (63%) of 55-64 year olds have said they have felt discriminated against by a prospective employer because of their age
New research revealed by totaljobs has found that two-thirds (63%) of workers aged 55-64 have felt discriminated against by a prospective employer because of their age. Worryingly, only 6% of the same age group see their age as an advantage when applying for a job.
The report is designed to support its #MillionPoundJamie campaign to help candidates get noticed. It revealed that 72% of 55-64 year olds spend over an hour prepping for an interview compared with just 62% of 16-24 year olds. Young people appeared to feel less likely to be discriminated against because of their age; with just 33% of 16-24 year having felt age discrimination, this number falling to 21% for 25-34 year olds and 22% for 35-44 year olds - a stark contrast to the 63% of 55-64 year olds.
Furthermore, 82% of 55-64 year olds and 62% of 45-54 year olds see their age as a disadvantage when applying for a job, compared to only 31% of 16-24 year olds and 16% of 25-34 years. However, despite struggles to find work, latest Totaljobs Employment Index data shows job vacancies up 7% year-on-year in September. Across the UK there was good news for jobseekers in the North West, where the number of jobs posted in Q3 2016 versus Q3 2015 rocketed 15% and Wales grew 13%. Across sectors, some of the strongest performing were transport & logistics (up 64%), property (up 58%) and customer services (up 44%).
John Salt, group sales director, totaljobs, commented: “In a candidate-led market where businesses continue to create new jobs, there’s no reason for employers to miss out on talent. But our #MillionPoundJamie research shows that age discrimination, whether conscious or unconscious, still exists and is still an issue affecting many jobseekers.
“Older generations bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. In many cases candidates with more experience tend to be more confident and able to creatively problem solve based on both the life and work experiences they have dealt with over the years.