Age discrimination is rife in the workplace, say Liverpool workers

Latest research from independent job site CV-Library reveals 72% of employees in the city saying discrimination around age was common in their workplaces. Tony McDonough reports

Age discrimination is commonplace in Liverpool firms, according to CV-Library’s research

 

Age discrimination in Liverpool workplaces is rife – against young and old – a new survey claims.

The latest research from independent job site CV-Library reveals 72% of employees in the city saying discrimination around age was common in their workplaces.

The study asked 1,400 UK workers to open up about the topic of discrimination in the workplace, particularly when it comes to age. It found that more than a third (38.3%) of workers in Liverpool had been turned down for a job because of their age.

Other key findings of the research, include:

  • Just under a quarter (22.9%) of workers in Liverpool feel they are not taken seriously at work because of their age
  • A further 90% stated that they have been discriminated against at work because they were considered ‘too young’
  • And, one in 10% of people working in Liverpool were discriminated against for being ‘too old’

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Diversity is a hot topic at the moment, and it is something that should be celebrated in the workplace. Sadly, there is clearly still a great amount of discrimination amongst those considered to be ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ to work in certain positions.

“As a nation, we need to address this issue head on, and consider ways in which we can remove these stigmas.”

Of those that said they were considered to be ‘too young’ for a job, 90% were told that no one would take them seriously.

Conversely, for those considered to be ‘too old’, 33.3% heard that there were concerns that they would be retiring soon, while a further 22.2% were told that they were too stuck in their ways.

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