Age discrimination is pervasive in workplaces, largely informed by socio-economic and cultural biases and stereotypes about what age means and what it indicates about a person.
What are the main inaccurate biases that affect age perception?
  • People think that people in older age groups are more likely to be ill more frequently.
  • People in older age groups are less likely to participate in training programmes and be driven to progress.
  • Younger people are unable to manage people older than them.
  • People in older age group are less able to learn new skills.
  • Older women are less likely to want to upskill or learn new technology.
  • Older women are more likely to need time off for caring responsibilities.

It is up to individuals to interrogate their own biases so they do not interfere with how they treat people across age groups. It is also important for all those working in recruitment to spend time thinking about how their age bias may impact on their choice of candidate.

Below is a handy guide produced by ACAS.

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