Abstracts: November 8th, 2005

This survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development was designed to highlight the issues that need to be addressed in tackling age discrimination in the workplace. It sets out an in-depth benchmarking study on ageism and retirement. The research was undertaken against the background of efforts made by Government in the past decade to persuade organisations not to discriminate on the basis of age. The report looks at all dimensions of ageism, ranging from individual attitudes to organisational policies.It shows that part-time working, more flexible pensions and grandparental leave are key to improving the participation rates of older workers. Promotion prospects are greatly reduced for those who are past 50, but older workers are more productive than the rest of the workforce. The report refutes the claim that older workers are more costly and don’t need employment rights, but notes that they need to develop their IT skills.

The survey is available at: http://www.cipd.co.uk/surveys