IT professionals come up against ageist recruiters

IT professionals become unattractive to employers by the age
of 40, according to a third of technology executives.


The survey of nearly 300 senior IT executives by online
recruiter FirstPersonGlobal reveals that more than a third think they have been
discriminated against for being too old.


Fifty per cent of IT executives have faced ageism in their
career, the findings show, including 12 per cent who have been discriminated
against for being too young.


"IT executives feel the issue of ageism at work is
still current. They believe that where the skills demanded are constantly
evolving, the value of experience that older staff bring is overlooked in
favour of younger and apparently more nimble staff," said Paul Smith, CEO
of FirstPersonalGlobal.


Nearly 90 per cent of respondents say there is no difference
between generations in terms of having the skills needed to succeed in IT

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