Jobs plight of over-50s highlighted

MOST people believe the over-50s find it harder to get work than young jobseekers, according to a new study.

A survey of 2,200 adults found that most think older people have something positive to offer the economy.

The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise, a charity aimed at helping the over-50s consider self-employment, said its research suggests there is a “strong perception” of prejudice in the workplace.

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Spokesman Teresa Folkes said: “Conversations around unemployment tend to focus on the high number of young people without a job.

“While this is a terrible situation, we’ve got to remember that older people are suffering in the job market too.

“People over the age of 50 have a wealth of skills and experience to make a positive contribution to their local communities, as well as the wider economy, and we would like to see more efforts to support them get back to work.”