Older workers least valued by peers in agriculture industry

Agriculture employees over the age of 50 might not be surprised to hear that your colleagues think of you as an ‘older worker’. A study from CV-Library, the UK’s largest job site, reveals that agriculture professionals value the contribution of older workers the least across all UK sectors.

Ahead of National Older People’s Day, taking place today (Thursday 1st October), the job site conducted research amongst a cross-section of over 2,400 UK employees aged between 18-70+ to ascertain how they felt about mature professionals in the workplace. Findings revealed the most judgement in the agriculture industry:

– A third (33.3%) of the agriculture industry views someone over the age of 50 as an older worker, younger than any other industr
– Almost a quarter of industry professionals (22.2%) do not believe that older workers make a valuable contribution to UK businesses
– A third (33.3%) of agriculture professionals believe an older worker is less able to do their job
– Over half of sector workers (55.6%) think that people should be made to retire at age 65

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “Age is a sensitive subject for many but it should never be an obstacle in the workplace. It’s concerning to see that workers in the agriculture industry don’t value the contribution of older workers, but it’s not entirely surprising given the labour-intense nature of the sector. However it’s important that businesses do more to educate their staff on the value older workers can bring to an organisation when they’re no longer able to undertake physically demanding tasks.”

For further information on CV-Library, visit www.cv-library.co.uk

To learn more about Older People’s Day, visit www.olderpeoplesday.co.uk

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