The all too frequent reluctance of companies to recruit experienced workers bounced out of jobs in their 50s or 60s has been highlighted by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. In the later of two interviews 61 years old Sheila Hooper told Amol Rajan that after being made redundant from her position in the financial service sector she had applied for “hundreds of jobs – and very often I am one of hundreds of people applying for those jobs”. She had since self funded some research on “hot topics” such as customer loyalty and sustainability so had “kept really current”. The problem was probably a mix of ageism and sexism, but she also felt that “people think that age is catching”.

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