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New report 'highlights age discrimination in the jobs market'

New report 'highlights age discrimination in the jobs market'

A new report has highlighted age discrimination in the UK jobs market.

Produced by Policy Exchange, the study showed this type of behaviour can take place in a variety of forms and affect people in different ways.

According to the findings, 43 per cent of over-50s out of work were recognised as being long-term unemployed at the end of 2011 - markedly more than the 26 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and the 35 per cent of 25 to 49-year-olds deemed to be in the same situation.

The report noted older candidates might find "they are handled differently because a firm does not wish to invest in them or take a risk on a candidate who could potentially have a shorter career."

It was also demonstrated that fewer than 40 per cent of out-of-work over-50s in 2010's first quarter had managed to land themselves a job by the end of that year - again significantly lower than the younger groups.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson