Issues over 50: As we are extending our working lives, is it at the expense of the young?
It has become a fact that with increased longevity and the current harsh economic climate, many people currently in their 50s face working well into their late 60s and 70s. Putting aside the issues around perceived ageism for those over 50 seeking employment, there seems to be growing resentment from younger people who feel that if those of us over 50 retire later we are effectively blocking jobs and excluding the younger generation of the opportunities for employment.
Are we keeping jobs in later life at the expense of the young?
Is this view justified? We already had the recent findings that many of the older generation were considered to be ‘bedroom’ blockers‘ , now it would appear we are ‘job blockers’ all at the expense of the younger generation.
Interestingly 71% of women over 50 surveyed recently said they were looking to set up in business for themselves – in theory potentially creating jobs for people of all ages and not acting as a barrier to those looking for paid employment.
What are your thoughts and opinions on this? Do you think there is any easy solution?