Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Young people 'resent over-60s' in workplace

Young people are becoming "resentful" towards workers staying in jobs well into their 60s, revealing ageist attitudes in the workplace, according to a new report.

A study of over 2,000 adults by care provider Anchor showed that two out of five 18 to 24-year-olds did not think there were enough jobs for older people to stay in work.

The research also revealed that young people identified 62 as the "old age mark".

A fifth of young workers believed over 60-year-old workers were slower and less productive and one in 20 said they should be paid less, rese

Jane Ashcroft, chief executive of Anchor, said: "Casual ageism has no place in society and the negative perceptions bear no reality to the lives of the over 60s who contribute hugely to many of the most successful businesses in the country.

"The dismissive attitudes that are highlighted by Anchor's research are a sad indictment of attitudes in this country.

"Within the Government's equality agenda there is a dedicated minister for women, the disabled and children, but none for older people, who represent nearly 25% of the population."

Anchor called on the Government to appoint a minister for older people.

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