Ageism is having a big impact on the UK workplace.
Despite long standing laws designed to prevent discrimination against people based on their age, and significant efforts from the government, UK businesses and the recruitment industry to tackle discrimination in the workplace – there are still some serious issues with ageism.
According to a new (July 2018) report from the Government’s Women and Equalities Committee, more than 1 million people in the UK over the age of 50 are locked out of work – they are willing to work, but unable to find employment.
The report suggested a range of measures designed to tackle ageism in the workplace, including some to be enacted by the recruitment industry. In this post, we explore the report, looking at the findings, and letting you know what we’re doing at prestige to support older jobseekers.
The Report – Findings and Suggestions
The report made some important findings with regards the ageism in the workplace and amongst UK jobseekers, in terms of:
You can read the report in full here - https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmwomeq/359/359.pdf
One of the key findings of the report was that the recruitment industry could do more to support older workers. It found that many job adverts were targeted towards younger candidates, in terms of both the person spec, and the language used to describe the role. Words like ‘young’, ‘dynamic’, ‘energetic’, ‘forward thinking’ and ‘graduate’ all served to limit the potential for older people to apply for roles.
On the back of this, some MPs have called on recruitment agencies to collect more age data, to see where older workers are being excluded.
At Prestige, we’re resolutely committed to tackling ageism in our workplace, and through our recruitment services. When it comes to our clients, we ensure that all the businesses we recruit for share our values, and provide equal access to opportunities for candidates of all ages.
In terms of our own business, we are an equal opportunities employer. Prestige is home to people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and we welcome everyone, regardless of age, race, gender, identity, background or belief.
Providing a personalised service to every jobseeker, we provide honest support and advice – helping older workers to find the right roles at organisations that will respect them, and providing them with the right support and opportunities they want.
Where older candidates are lacking skills, we provide signposting to relevant, up to date training designed to arm them with the skills and qualifications required to help them achieve their career goals.
At Prestige, we’re 100% committed to creating and promoting safe, positive and fair working environments for the benefit of our candidates and clients alike – offering an ethical, professional service that protects everyone.
Come to Prestige as a client or as a candidate, and you will be treated in the same way, regardless of your age, gender, religion, background, orientation or beliefs. You will benefit from fair, honest and respectful support, from an experienced, friendly and professional team that’s there to help.
Additional information about the way we work, our industry accreditations, awards and association memberships can be found at https://www.prestige-recruitment.com/about-us. Alternatively, for more about how we can help your organisation source the right talent your business needs – please get in touch with your local office today.