It gets harder for many people to find work as they get older. With the UK's state pension age rising, we really do need to discuss this.
I have a friend who, like me, is in his late fifties. He needs a job.
Prepared to consider anything, and with experience of working in retail, he decided to apply for a job as a barman in a local pub that he'd seen advertised on an employment website. No formal application was required.
When he turned up he was met by a fairly young barmaid who told him the manager was "out buying a newspaper" but that's he'd "be back in five minutes". So my friend waited.
The bar owner quietly told my friend that he was really "looking for someone younger, under 30" before adding "and female".
In that statement the employer broke the UK's Equality Discrimination Act 2010 on grounds of both age and sex.
My friend fell into a temporary depression after this first-hand illustration of how he was considered fit only fit for the scrapheap.
But on the other hand, there are employers out there, like Greggs bakery chain, that seem very happy to hire folk irrespective of age , sex or much else.
This is the mire I want to look into and to make some sense of. Economic Survivor will therefore become the place to visit for investigative journalism on the topic of job markets for those of us in our middle age or later.
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