IT managers reject ageism claims

The vast majority of companies are prepared to employ IT staff over 40, according to the IT managers surveyed in this week's...

The vast majority of companies are prepared to employ IT staff over 40, according to the IT managers surveyed in this week's Computer Weekly/Harvey Nash Big Question.

The findings fly in the face of recent research on IT recruitment, which suggested that ageism is alive and well in the industry.

Last week, online recruitment agency FirstPersonGlobal published a survey which revealed that one in three of the 300 senior IT professionals interviewed had been discriminated against for being too old. One in three of the respondents also said IT professionals start to become unattractive to employers after the age of 40.

However, 91% of the IT managers responding to this week's Big Question said their company would be prepared to employ staff over the age of 40.

"In my experience, as with other areas of the business and life in general, you will often find that the older candidates can enrich the teams they work in by adding business experience along with the technical skills," said one respondent.

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