Understanding Individuals’ Recruitment Experiences

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Summary & aims

This report examines older workers’ experiences of the recruitment process, including whether they have faced any age-related barriers and challenges when looking and applying for jobs. The research report shows that experiences of age discrimination in the recruitment process are widespread, affecting older jobseekers’ confidence, wellbeing and finances.



The research involved 55 semi-structured video or telephone interviews with older workers (aged 50-73) and a nationally representative survey with a sample of 1,539 UK adults aged 18 and over. The study was conducted jointly with Demos.

Timescale and funder

The project was funded by the Centre of Ageing Better, as part of their wider programme looking at the recruitment landscape for employers and older jobseekers. The report was published in February 2021. More information is available about the project on the Ageing Better project page, including a series of case study videos with interview participants.


Private: Johnny Runge
Principal Social Researcher


Private: Johnny Runge
Principal Social Researcher