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Perceptions and attitudes to younger and older workers – global survey findings

by on June 27, 2013

The latest Randstad Global Workmonitor survey asked employees in 32 countries a range of questions about the position of younger and older workers in the labour market. A summary of the findings from a North American perspective are set out in this item on the Sacramento Bee website.

Having downloaded a copy of the survey (which you can do from this link), there are some interesting differences across countries in perceptions and attitudes to these age groups, for example:

  • 82% of employees in the UK agreed that for young people (under 25) experience is more important than education in finding a suitable job (compared to 50% of employees in Denmark).
  • Almost two thirds of all employees believe it is hard for young people to find a suitable job. Countries with difficult economic conditions agreed most with this e.g. Greece 91%.
  • Globally almost nine out of ten employees believe it is hard for older workers to find a suitable job. This perception is highest in the Czech Republic with 97% of people agreeing with this issue.
  • 72% of employees world-wide think young people accept jobs below their level of education. Levels of this perception were highest in countries with high levels of youth unemployment e.g. Greece 96%  and Poland 87%.
  • Global levels were higher regarding the position of older job seekers. In Slovakia (94%), Poland and Hungary (both at 90%) people agreed most that older people accept jobs below their level of education.
  • On attitudes to recruitment, employees feel it would be good for their company to actively recruit young people. This is especially so in Mexico (86%), the UK (84%) and France (84%).
  • In the UK, 83% also felt that older people should be recruited (the UK is also one of the countries where employees believe experience is more important than education). However, in the Czech Republic (33%), Slovakia (33%) and Hungary (34%) only one third believes it is important to actively recruit older people.
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