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Age discrimination laws will make little difference, say IT employers

Most employers believe that forthcoming regulations to ban age discrimination in the workplace will have no effect on the IT jobs market.

In a survey of more than 1,500 employers, the majority said the Age Discrimination Act would not lead to an increase the number of older IT recruits. Only 27% of employers said the legislation, which comes into force on 1 October this year, would result in more job applicants of different ages.

The survey was conducted by the Age Partnership Group, an alliance of employers and lobby groups that want to end age discrimination.

Although most employers believe the new law will have little impact on their hiring decisions, employees believe that age discrimination is a problem.

Some 59% of IT managers said they had been personally disadvantaged during their careers because of their age, according to a survey of 160 IT managers by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The CMI survey, which took place last November, also revealed that 55% of IT managers thought they had suffered from age discrimination when applying for jobs, with 38% believing they had been denied promotion because of it.

 

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