Originally published: March 14, 2017
European employees feel that age is the biggest factor preventing them from progressing in their career, according to research of nearly 10,000 European working adults.
A fifth of employees name age as their biggest obstacle, followed by favouritism, lack of opportunities with current employer, qualifications, and family needs.
Age is a particularly cited obstacle in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. This issue increases as workers get older, with 46 per cent of over 55s and 27 per cent of those aged 45-54 feeling this way. This situation may reflect the increasing generational diversity of the workforce, as five generations of employees will soon be working side by side. Advancing technologies and more significant age differences in the workforce are likely to be isolating older workers, who may feel outdated by a younger, tech-ready generation.