General Article The number of older workers is increasing fast, yet they face growing age discrimination

Topic Selected: Ageing Book Volume: 378

Older women are more likely to be rejected for jobs than older men, and less likely to be called for another interview than women under 45, writes Allyson Zimmermann.

The days of collecting your carriage clock and waving goodbye to your workmates of 45 years are over, particularly as more people, whether through choice or necessity, are now working into their late 60s and 70s. In the EU, about one fifth (19%) of the population is 65 or more. A 65-year-old in the United Kingdom can now expect to live for another 23 years, almost 10 years longer than in 1948. And in the not-too-distant future, retirees in Europe will outnumber the working-age population, despite efforts to raise the retirement age.

The average retirement age for men and women across Europe is currently 65, but Spain, Germany and France plan to increase the age to 67. While in the UK, there are plans to increase the retirement age to 68. Yet, while the fastest growing labour pool is older workers, these workers are als...

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