IT professional sets up ageism support group

An IT professional with nearly 30 years' experience has set up a support group to combat ageism in the industry.

An IT professional with nearly 30 years' experience has set up a support group to combat ageism in the industry.

Tony Wells, 49, decided to form the group after his letter about ageism in IT published in Computer Weekly last year prompted letters of support from other mature IT professionals.

Wells, who has worked as a software developer, project manager and consultant, wrote to Computer Weekly in December claiming that recruitment agencies discriminate against candidates who are over 45.

"Like others over 45, when I have sent my CV out, from time to time I have experienced the inability of agencies to contemplate forwarding my name to companies," said Wells. "I know it is simply an age issue because I tried an experiment - I sent out my CV falsifying an age of 25. Guess what? I got lots of agencies calling me back."

After receiving letters in support of his comments, Wells has set up the support group for older IT professionals.

"The real purpose of the group is to exchange information so that if people come across a good recruitment agency or an employer, they can say so," said Wells. "I started the group but do not own it. I expect it will become something used by people as they drift in and out of work."

Further details mailto:t.wells@blueyonder.co.uk

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