Editor’s picks

Latest news from around the world on mature workers for January 2021.

  • ‘Best fit’ hire lands NHS trust with ageism pay-out (UK)

    A 50-year-old man has been awarded £7,600 for age and sex discrimination from Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust after informal feedback from a young, mainly female team influenced a hiring decision.

    Mr McClements applied for a project manager role at the trust and was one of five applicants invited to interview. As part of the process he was invited to give a presentation on how he would support the team’s objectives. Points were awarded for an “original, fun yet thoughtful and punchy” presentation and McClement’s talk involved using his daughter’s Minions backpack as a visual aid.  Personnel Today, 14 January 2021

  • Age bias remains in recruitment says new report (UK)

    A report by the Centre for Ageing Better says employers are failing to identify and tackle potential age bias in their recruitment process. Most employers interviewed do not see age bias as a ‘problem’ in their organisation despite the fact that some of those interviewed held negative views of older people, such as older workers ‘having poor IT skills’ or looking ‘worn-out.’ As a result, Ageing Better warns, older workers made redundant in the months ahead risk being shut out of employment.  The Global Recruiter, 12 January 2021

  • Gender pay gap is widest for those aged over 50 (UK)

    The gender pay gap between full-time male and female employees is widest for those aged over 50, according to analysis from digital community Rest Less.

    The analysis Office of National Statistics (ONS) pay data, found that the gender pay gap increases with age: the annual salary of a female full-time employee in their 50s in 2020 was 23% less than their male equivalent. This increased to 25% for the over 60s.  – Employee Benefits, 4 January 2021

  • Do professional women over 50 have an expiration date? How gendered ageism sabotages women’s careers

    “Men age on TV with a sense of gravitas, and we as women have an expiration date,” Roma Torre, 61, stated after her departure as anchor on NY1. Torre, along with four of her female colleagues, recently settled an age and gender discrimination law suit against the New York cable network, Charter Communications. In the suit, Torre and her co-plaintiffs, Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy, claimed that their anchor airtime had been reduced and they were excluded from promotional campaigns due to their gender and age.  – Forbes, 4 January 2021