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One-in-10 see age discrimination

[Posted: Sun 15/01/2012 by Niall Hunter, Editor]

More than one-in 10 (11%)  Irish people say they have witnessed discrimination based on age grounds among people looking for work, while three percent say they personally have been actively discriminated against in this area, according to a new EU-wide study.

Overall in EU countries, 15% of those surveyed said they had witnessed such discrimination, while six per cent said they had experienced it.

The EuroBarometer survey carried out for the EU Commission also found that 76% of those surveyed in Ireland felt the way in which people over 55 are perceived is positive, while 15% said it was negative.

Eight per cent of those surveyed in Ireland said they were very concerned about a possible increase in the number of elderly people, while 29% said they were fairly concerned.

Asked until what age they thought they would be capable of doing the work they are doing today, the average figure supplied from the Irish people surveyed was 62.3.

Forty-six of Irish people surveyed said they would like to continue working after they reach pensionable age, compared to an EU average of 33%.

Asked at what age they felt one started to be regarded as 'old', over one in three Irish people responded 61-70- years - the average age given was 64.

The EU survey found that overall among member states, 71% of those surveyed said they were aware that Europe's population was getting older, but only 42% were concerned about this development.

The survey was carried out to mark the start of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity of Generations.

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