We know that 36% of 50-69 year olds feel at a disadvantage applying for jobs due to their age. This project is looking at ways of reducing age bias and discrimination in the recruitment process.
The job market is going through dramatic changes with the impact of COVID-19, new technology and Brexit, making this research more timely than ever.
Minimising age-bias in recruitment is an essential part of being an age-friendly employer. More than a third (36%) of 50-69 year olds feel at a disadvantage applying for jobs due to their age. Our previous research found that age is the least scrutinised and most widely accepted form of discrimination in the UK.
Too many older applicants are frozen out of the job market due to inadequate processes, age-bias and a lack of engagement from employers and recruiters. This ultimately disadvantages employers who fail to draw on the experience and abilities of a significant talent pool.