Survey finds that only two fifths of managers are open to hiring large numbers of older workers.

Only two fifths (42 per cent) of managers would be ‘open’ to hiring workers aged between 50 and 64 to a large extent, a survey has found.

The data, released by the Chartered Management Institute, showed that managers were “significantly less open to hiring older workers to a large extent”, compared to three quarters (74 per cent) who were open to employing those aged 18-34 to a large extent.

The survey of 1,000 managers working in UK businesses and public services in October and November 2022 also found that managers’ willingness to hire people over 65 was even lower, with only a third (30 per cent) being open to recruit those close to state retirement age or older.