Ageism, discrimination still a problem for older workers: study

Researchers at the University of Birmingham hope to improve employment prospects for people over 50 by educating employers
||Last Updated: 11/21/2005

Ageism and discrimination against older workers is still a problem, according to a new study out of the United Kingdom.

Researchers at the University of Birmingham said more understanding is needed by bosses to help workers over the age of 50 back into work. They’ve put together a list of guidelines to help change employers’ perceptions about older workers and improve employment prospects for this age group.

Tony Maltby, of the university's Institute of Applied Social Studies, said “new” industries, such as call centres, can be too youth orientated and often alienate older workers. This is just one of the points, alongside training, job matching and recognizing the value of older workers, to feature in a new