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Young people 'resent older workers'

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.


From Belfast Telegraph