Investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) has been named among Britain’s “age inclusive” employers. According to the Bristol-based firm, it is the first FTSE-100 to receive the accolade from 55/Redefined – a UK organisation that champions anti-age discrimination.
HL said it was recognised for playing a role in changing attitudes and challenging age discrimination. It also said the accreditation would help job seekers identify HL as an “age-friendly business” to work for.
So far, 12 UK companies have become accredited by 55/Redefined – Rethink, Rank, ITV, HL, Slater & Gordon, Motorpoint, Boots, Dentsu, the Workshop, Together Money, Bank of Ireland and Capgemini.
Abi Taylor, head of recruitment and onboarding at HL said: “The Age Inclusive employer accreditation helps to evidence our commitment to develop a diverse and inclusive culture where colleagues are engaged, empowered, work together and live our values. We want to create an environment where colleagues respect and celebrate diversity so that everyone can be their authentic selves.”
A new study by 55/Redefined – ‘The Unretirement Uprising’ – found two thirds (65%) of people believe age works against them when applying for jobs. Despite this, the research revealed older workers are keen to remain in the workplace, with six in 10 open to reskilling for a new role.
Lyndsey Simpson, founder and chief executive of 55/Redefined added: “Age Inclusive employers such as Hargreaves Lansdown play a crucial role in working to change attitudes towards older workers, both in their own businesses and wider networks.
“An inclusive recruitment process and diverse working environment allows businesses to benefit from this overlooked demographic of talented employees, whilst ensuring older workers feel valued and supported within their job roles.”
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