Two thirds of people over 50 expect to encounter ageism during job recruitment, according to new research reorted by Personnel Today This worrying statistic comes as separate studies suggest the increased absence of experienced staff from the UK workforce is hampering economic growth. A survey of more than 4000 over 50s by age diversity group 55/Redefined and Reed Talent Solutions found that 70% felt starting a new career would be difficult and 65% thought thought their age “works against them” when looking for a job. Yet almost as many (60%) were open to learning fresh skills, while the vast majority (89%) of those over 55 were prepared to accept a pay cut.