Age discrimination is part of reality in most parts of the world and it has become a rapidly growing problem. Although we hardly speak about it, and read about it even less, there are very clear signals through society. Especially in the field of employment, age discrimination has become the hidden challenge for everyone who joins the growing group of 50+ humans.
Let us start with summing up some facts about Western population and demographics:
- To bridge the gap between retirement funds reservations and the growing “gray generations”, governments in Western countries are gradually increasing the retirement age, moving towards 68-70.
- Improved healthcare and healthier lifestyles make that people live longer and will either work longer or depend on retirement payments longer.
- Demographic developments show that 43% of the working population is in the age group 50-69 years old.