Older people in Britain may be subject to age discrimination when they are seeking employment.
This is according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which claimed that the number of individuals over the age of 50 who have been unemployed for more than six months has been increasing steadily since the recession began.
It expressed concern that the talents of such people may be being wasted as a result.
The congress, which campaigns for what it describes as a fair deal at work, as well as for social justice at home and abroad, noted that long-term unemployment is a major risk factor for poverty.
It suggested that those in workless households are more than twice as likely to be poor than those in homes in which some of the adults are in employment.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber remarked: "Every job loss is a human tragedy, but when people are out of work for over a year they risk being permanently scarred by joblessness."