Young and older people ‘experience age discrimination at work’
Age discrimination at work remains a problem for those at both extremes of the working population, according to research by the Department for Work and Pensions.
The report, based on analysis from the Office for National Statistics’s opinions survey, looked at factors associated with age discrimination and prejudice, and compared attitudes between people in their 20s and those aged over 70.
Perceptions towards those aged over 70 were more positive than towards those in their 20s, with older people viewed as being more friendly, having higher moral standards and as being more competent than their younger counterparts.
However, when respondents were asked how acceptable they would find a suitably qualified 30-year-old or 70-year-old boss, the results showed a bias towards younger workers. While most were accepting of either age, three times as many (15% and 5% respectively) thought that having a 70-year-old boss would be “unacceptable” compared with having a 30-year-old boss.
On average, respondents thought “youth” ended at 41 and “old age” began at 59. However, this varied by as much as 20 years in relation to the age of the respondent: the age at which youth stopped and old age started increased in relation to the age of the respondent. (via guardian.co.uk)