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The Adecco Foundation, funded by the worldâ€™s largest temporary employment agency, has just presented its first research report on unemployment among the over 45s.
66% of those interviewed have lost their jobs, 27% are looking for work for the first time in their lives, and the remainder have resigned from their previous jobs. 85% of interviewees believe that their age will affect their chances of finding a new job. 56% of interviewees currently still employed believe that they could easily lose their jobs in the coming months.
More than 89% of interviewees without a job would accept working below their qualification level. 69% know that companies receive government incentives if they employ over 45s but only 21% would mention this during a job interview.
The Adecco Foundation Report stresses the importance for middle aged unemployed people to re-invent themselves by acquiring skills in â€œyoung areasâ€VbCrLf such as computing, new technologies and sales and marketing techniques.
When asked whether companies are aware of the fact that the population is ageing and that there are very good reasons for having over 45s as members of staff 87% of those unemployed answered no. This figure is considerably lower at 67% among under 45s currently employed.