Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Digital Divide Separates Older Workers in Job Searches According to UK Research

A study commissioned by the United Kingdom's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on the role of the Internet in looking for work reveals, among other things, that many older jobseekers are at a disadvantage because of the digital divide and a number of other variables. DWP's Research Report No. 726--"Job Search Study: Literature review and analysis of the Labour Force Survey"--was authored by several researchers from the University of Warwick and found that over four out of five job seekers made use of the Internet to look for work but a number of factors influenced those overall figures, one of which was age.

Focusing just on the report's findings with respect to older workers, the following results were noted:
  • Younger people were more likely to use multiple job search methods than older people.
  • Job seekers aged 16-29 year and older job seekers aged 50-69 years were more likely than those in their thirties and forties to nominate visiting a jobcentre, job market or training and employment agency as their main method of job search.
  • Social networks as a job-search method were used slightly more by younger job seekers (notably those aged 16-29 years) than by older job seekers.
  • Around 87% per cent of jobseekers aged 25-29 and 84% of 30 to 34 year olds used the Internet to search for work, while only 75% of those aged 50-54 did so, 72% of those 55-59 years old, and 62% of those 60-64 years old.
Sources: Department for Work and Pensions Press Release (March 3, 2011); TAEN--The Age and Employment Network News Archive (March 7, 2011)

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