Ageism in work
We want workplaces to be age-friendly, with recruitment processes that are fair and open to everyone, regardless of age.
We’re working with industry, employers and employees to better understand age discrimination faced by older workers and jobseekers and what needs to be done to challenge it.
Over 50s currently account for a third of the UK workforce and, as the state pension age rises, this is set to grow.
Enabling people to continue working for as long as they want and are able to is beneficial both for them and for society. But despite this many older workers feel they are disadvantaged by their age, both in the workplace and in applying for jobs.
Evidence suggests ageism exists in the labour market in a number of ways.
For example, employers can be reluctant to offer opportunities for people to train and progress at older ages, with workers aged over 50 less likely to receive training than younger age groups in the UK.
Inflexible working practices force many older workers to leave the workforce prematurely, since people in older age groups are more likely to care for loved ones in ill-health or to manage a health condition themselves.
We also know many older workers report ageism in the recruitment process and struggle more than other age groups to get back into work when unemployed.
Through our work with employers, we want to make UK workplaces more age-friendly and inclusive in their cultures and practices. This includes exploring age bias in recruitment to help employers and recruiters run fairer recruitment processes.
To find out more about age discrimination across society, visit Ageism.