Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Young people 'resent older workers'

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith talks to Asda's oldest employee Roy Gill in June 2010

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-60s were slower and less productive and one in 20 said they should be paid less.

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 are active, energetic and contribute hugely to many of the most successful businesses and organisations in the country.

"The dismissive attitudes highlighted by Anchor's research towards the over-60s 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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