Europeans fear age discrimination due to crisis

11th November 2009, Comments 1 comment

A new poll found that many Europeans are concerned that the economic crisis will exacerbate age discrimination in the job market.

Brussels -- Around one in six Europeans claim to have been discriminated against over the last year, most due to the economic crisis and based on their age, according to a European Commission survey Monday.

Sixteen percent of Europeans claimed in the Eurobarometer poll to have been discriminated against, six percent due to their age, three percent based on their sex, two percent due to ethnic origin and one percent sexual orientation.

"Discrimination remains a problem across Europe," Equal Opportunities Commissioner Vladimir Spidla said in a statement. "One area of concern is the perceived rise in age discrimination as a result of the recession."

"These results show that despite progress, we still have a long way to go in making people more aware of their rights to equal treatment," he added.

The poll, conducted from May 29 to June 15 and involving 26,756 people in 30 European countries, also found that 64 percent of respondents are concerned that the economic crisis will exacerbate age discrimination in the job market.

It showed that age is considered the biggest obstacle to getting a job.

AFP / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • HTD posted:

    on 11th November 2009, 11:11:14 - Reply

    Dutch law makes it increasingly more expensive and to retain workers 50 and over. They must be given more paid free days and vacation time. Seniors can offer casual overtime to offset these extra costs.
    Counter-intuitively, older workers are sick fewer days and take their work more seriously as well as being somewhat more humble; they are usually grateful that an employer is willing to hire them or keep them on, and are no longer trying to steal someone elses job or practice aggressive company politics.
    Older workers have the experience and knowledge to mentor more inexperienced employees who know they can gain from their knowledge.
    It would be best for the Netherlands to give up their traditional veneration of Abraham and Sarah, those turning 50, and stop this anti-social blight by announcement that is used at times as a sometimes not so subtle base for pestering that often leads to depression and lack of self confidence in its victims.
    Better that we strive to practice and employ on a merit basis rather than blind stereotyping of seniors.