Young workers face ageism in U.K.

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||Last Updated: 11/23/2006

Ageism is rampant in United Kingdom companies and it's the young workers who are getting a raw deal, according to a recent survey.

The survey, from the Employers' Forum on Age (EFA), found that 61 per cent of working Britons have witnessed ageist behaviour in their workplace and 31 per cent said they knew an older worker, doing exactly the same role as a younger worker, who was paid more because of age.

Forty-one per cent have worked for an organization where people doing the same job were managed differently depending on their age and 23 per cent had heard of a younger person being overlooked for promotion in favour of an older person, regardless of experience.