On a global scale, adults aged 45 and older say that ageism is pervasive and that they face many obstacles when it comes to their careers, says new research from Generation. This non-profit organization has just published Meeting The World’s Midcareer Challenge, a research report based on a survey of employed and unemployed people, and hiring managers.
The report bring some clarity to what the job market is like for people aged 45 to 60 based on research conducted in seven countries: Brazil, India, Italy, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
One significant finding from the research? Employers worldwide have stated that they believe people aged 45-plus won’t perform as well at work when compared to a younger demographic. On a worldwide scale, employers have admitted that their older hires (that is, those aged 45-plus) perform at their job well or even stronger than younger employees. The research also indicated certain biases exist, for example: hiring managers believe that potential candidates aged 45-plus will have a tougher time learning new skills, while trying new technology and fitting in with the company culture.
The report from Generation also delves into exactly how the pandemic has impacted this group of older adults, and also how people ages 45-plus have the most to gain by pursuing training, yet are largely reluctant to do it. Generation also offers a suggested action plan on battling the ongoing ageism in the workplace—you can find the full report here.