30 March 2011
Research: 17% of Brits feel they have been a victim of age discrimination
Many Britons feel that they have been a victim of age discrimination when applying for a job, new research has shown.
According to a new study conducted by the employers Forum on Age (EFA), an independent representative body which was founded in 1996 - some 17 per cent of the 2,000 respondents feel they have not been successful in an application for a new role due solely to their age.
In addition, 16 per cent felt that they had been a victim of prejudice on the grounds of the interviewer feeling that the "personality" of another candidate was better suited to their organisation.
However, Diane Keating, chief executive of the EFA, commented that age is "the biggest discriminator in the workplace".
She went on to say that the survey showed a "very high instance of people being selected for a new job or promotion if their face fits", meaning that many people feel that "talent is not enough to overcome prejudices".
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Posted by Cheryl Bennett
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