Almost two-thirds (63%) of 55-64-year-olds say that they believe they have been victims of age discrimination by a prospective employer, according to research released today by Totaljobs.

Most older workers feel they are at a disadvantage because of their age

The research shows that only 6% of the 55-64 year olds see their age as an advantage when applying for jobs.

By comparison, 82% see it as a disadvantage.

Youngest workers claim to be victims of age discrimination too

Based on the responses of over 4,000 job seekers, the survey also reveals some insights about the younger generation. 

A third (33%) of 16-24-year-olds had felt age discrimination. For other age groups, the numbers are smaller: 21% for 25-34-year-olds and 22% for 35-44-year-olds.

In a candidate-led market where businesses continue to create new jobs, there’s no reason for employers to miss out on talent. But [our research] shows that age discrimination, whether conscious or unconscious, still exists and is still an issue affecting many jobseekers.

“Older generations bring with them a wealth of experience and knowledge. In many cases, candidates with more experience tend to be more confident and able to creatively problem solve based on both the life and work experiences they have dealt with over the years.
— John Salt, Group Sales Director at Totaljobs