Older workers in the UK could be among the biggest "job-cut casualties" of the recession, it has been suggested.
According to research conducted by Age Concern, half of employees aged 55 and over believe that they are more at risk of losing their job than other demographics.
Meanwhile, almost nine out of ten people questioned reported that they think it is harder for older jobseekers to secure employment.
Age Concern stated that older workers are currently facing a "dual blow" of rising unemployment and forced retirement.
Director-general of the charity Gordon Lishman added: "The government must take action if it is to avoid thousands of willing older workers becoming job-cut casualties who are permanently dependant on state support."
He also called for an end to the UK's "senseless" mandatory retirement ages.
Earlier this month, Mr Lishman stated that people's right to work should be determined by their experience, skills and motivation, as opposed to their date of birth.