“Age discrimination in the workplace is the single largest barrier for those 50+ who want to continue working past their anticipated retirement age.”

This was one of the findings from a new AARP International study, International Profit from Experience.

The study found that as the number of workers in G7* countries reaching traditional retirement years increases, the marketplace is experiencing a decline in the number of skilled younger workers available to fill in the ranks of those retiring. Even as companies and governments implement policies to address this talent gap, the older worker faces an unwelcoming environment.

I’m not sure that age discrimination is confined to G7 countries – the lessons learned should be applicable world-wide.

*G7 countries include: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The United Kingdom,The United States

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