Middle-aged employees are likely to earn almost 13 per cent less than their younger counterparts, a study has found.
Middle-aged applicants were also three times less likely to get an interview than those younger than them.
Patrick Thomson from the Centre for Ageing Better has said that it was “sad” but he was not surprised by the study.
He told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “It is a complex picture and age is just one element but age is coming increasingly important if you think of our ageing population.
“Many more of us are living longer so having to work for longer. It is becoming increasingly important.”
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and Cyprus also found that a 28-year-old white man was nearly two times more likely to be successful than a 50-year-old white man, and 2.6 times more successful than a 50-year-old black man.
Broadcaster Jenni Trent Hughes became emotional when telling Matthew about her experiences.
“I’ve spent two years trying to get a job and you can’t even get an interview,” she said.
“No one is allowed to ask how old you are but you have to show proof that you are eligible to work in this country. Any proof will show how old you are.
“I’m reasonably intelligent and I have worked for big corporations and I cannot get a job. It is really frustrating.”