Age discrimination still rife in recruitment

More than one in 10 people claim to have suffered age discrimination at work since it was made unlawful in the UK six months ago, according to research.

Two-thirds of the 1,000 workers surveyed by the Employers Forum on Age said nothing had changed in the way people were recruited, despite the regulations coming into force on 1 October 2006.

Perhaps surprisingly, it is mainly young people who feel discriminated against. More than one-quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds think age has stood in the way of them getting a job, compared with just 15% of 35- to 44-year-olds.

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