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CIPD official: Age discrimination remains an issue in recruitment

CIPD official: Age discrimination remains an issue in recruitment

Age discrimination remains a pertinent issue within many organisations across the UK in terms of their internal recruitment policies, a leading business expert believes.

According to Mike Emmott, public policy advisor at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), there is still a trend among decision makers at some companies to treat the age of applicants for jobs as a defining factor as to whether they get the job.

Mr Emmott explained that older candidates seeking a role remain "quite likely to find that employers don't take them seriously" due to the fact they are perceived to not have "much time left they want to give".

However, the expert from the CIPD - a body with more than 127,000 members - indicated that this is no longer a major issue with more experienced people who are already in situ at a firm.

By and large, he added, such individuals are "treated as any other member of the workforce".

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Posted by Daniel Stevens