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The answer is apparently age 54 – but what is the question?

by on February 26, 2014

Employment law firm Slater & Gordon have commissioned research into the ‘experiences of 2,061 people over-40’ in response to what they say is a ‘steady increase in age discrimination cases in the last five years’.

Reported here by the Chartered Management Institute and in more detail here on the Slater & Gordon website, the headline finding is that ‘Brits feel invisible in the workplace at the age of 54’. This is said to be ‘the exact point when the nation’s workforce consider that their career prospects are negatively impacted by their age’.

From the press release, there looks to be some interesting material here, for example, that the perception by the over 40s that they weren’t seen as ‘dynamic’ by their managers or as part of the future of the business. Certain industries are highlighted with people working in finance or IT more likely to feel invisible to younger staff and to feel they had hit a wall when it came to career progression.

However, and we’ve said this many times before, without being able to see the full report and methodology it’s difficult to comment on the reliability and validity of the research. For example, the press release describes this as a survey of the ‘experiences of 2,061 people over-40’ but also reports that workers as young as 40 felt their career was stalling because of their age. So we’re not quite sure about the age group who took part. It’s difficult to assess age-related experiences in the workplace if you only ask people above a certain age. If anyone has more information on the age groups involved in the study, we would be very happy to hear it.

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One Comment
  1. Very interesting as to how headlines come about. Sounds like there will be so much more to this one!

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