ITers' ageist employment fears



Bill Goodwin

Revelations in Computer Weekly that IT employers are exacerbating the skills shortage by ignoring older workers...



Bill Goodwin

Revelations in Computer Weekly that IT employers are exacerbating the skills shortage by ignoring older workers have been confirmed by new research this week.

Two thirds of IT staff worry about getting a job in IT once they are over 45, a survey of 1,300 professionals by the Employers Forum on Age found.

At the same time, 65% of the professionals questioned admit their companies are having difficulty recruiting staff.

"If the Government and IT industry are serious about addressing skills shortages they should work towards changing a culture that at present undervalues the contribution and experience of employees as young as 35," said Sam Mercer, campaign director of the forum.

The survey confirms a research project by the Open University, which were published in Computer Weekly in September.

It found that many companies' human resources departments are geared up exclusively to hiring graduates, leaving a pool of older workers unemployed.

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