Older workers in the UK are feeling increasingly victimised as employers look to make staff cutbacks during the economic downturn.
This is the conclusion drawn by the Age and Employment Network (TAEN), which found that 72 per cent of people aged over 50 who were recently polled believed employers see them as "too old", compared with 63 per cent prior to the onset of the recession.
In addition, 45 per cent of respondents did not feel that age discrimination legislation had helped older people to find work.
This represented an increase from the 31 per cent who expressed a similar belief before the downturn.
TAEN also found that nearly half (45 per cent) of respondents had been out of work for between three and 12 months - up from 31 per cent in the previous study.
Chief executive of the organisation Chris Ball said: "This makes depressing reading. These shocking figures show the greater barriers the over-50s are facing as the economy has worsened."
An independent, non-profit organisation, TAEN aims to remove age barriers to employment.