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Ageism within recruitment

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Journalist Peter Boerman has written a piece about age discrimination and recruitment which he has shared with www.undutchables.se

It is the (too) young recruiters who perpetuate age discrimination?

Despite the tight labor market, older people still find it difficult to find a new job. Recent research gives an unsuspected cause: (too) young recruiters. They would most often overlook the elderly.

Of all forms of discrimination in the labor market, age is probably the most persistent. New UK research from 55/Redefined reveals a cause that has so far often been overlooked: the age of the hiring decision-makers. After all, young recruiters are more likely to choose candidates of their own age. And since most recruiters are relatively young, this perpetuates the difficult position of older people in the labor market.

Only a quarter of recruiters under 30 are willing to hire people over 55.

The survey called Shut out, forced out and overlooked, shows that only a quarter (24%) of the more than 200 HR professionals between the ages of 25 and 30 surveyed were highly willing or motivated to recruit employees over the age of 55. By comparison; nearly two-thirds (63%) of HR professionals between the ages of 46 and 50 were very willing or motivated to do so.

Difficult to apply for a job

The research also shows that age discrimination also hinders the elderly considerably. Of the more than 250 people over 55 surveyed, nearly 2 in 3 said they feel the job market was 'closed' to them, and 3 in 5 (60%) said it was difficult to apply for a job in their area.

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"Our research shows that people over 55 want to work and move forward, but feel left out, forced, or overlooked," said Lyndsey Simpson, founder, and CEO of 55/Redefined. “Disconcertingly, age discrimination appears to be perpetuated by the people who shape HR policies and monitor HR standards. This could possibly be an unintended consequence of focusing on other diversity and inclusion characteristics. But at a time when we are all living and working longer, it is in all of us to eradicate this unfair and unacceptable discrimination.”

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"People like us"

Stuart Lewis, the founder of Rest Less, said in response to the survey that ageism in the workplace, like other forms of discrimination, is usually due to 'unconscious bias, as recruiters try to hire "people like them" and subconsciously ignore the skills and cultural differences of other groups.'

It turns out that it is precisely IT companies that are remarkably often open to older candidates.

It was striking in the study that men appeared to discriminate slightly less on age than women. HR managers in larger companies also appeared to be more willing or motivated to hire older employees (36 versus 18%). And interestingly, it was especially in the IT and tech sector that companies are open to the over-55s (41%), which immediately dispels the prejudice that older workers are less digitally or tech-savvy.

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