Anyone else out there finding they are getting discriminated against for...being over the age of 40?
I am a reasonably qualified, 53 year old single male, and as things stand right now, I'll be lucky to ever work for a company again. There's nothing
wrong with me physically or psychologically, I am still reasonably fit for my age, but I now feel like an item on a shelf no one will ever take down
again. I literally feel I have no options at all to get back to work, and to be able to bring in a regular monthly wage.
I was made redundant last September, and it was the first time I have been out of work for over thirty-six years. I was paid a small redundancy
package and chose to live off that and try achieve another job before it ran out. I did not want to become dependent on state benefits.
The current economic conditions do not provide an environment for job-seekers, it's an employer's wet dream to have a desperate unemployed reserve
work force from which he can take his pick and exploit the desperation of those unemployed to take smaller wages, even if they are qualified. I
recently applied for 2 positions at the same company, and if you looked at my CV you would see I was 'exactly' what they were looking for (but at a
wage £5000 less than what I was on for the same role in the same town). Over 600 applied for the 2 positions, they narrowed it down to just 16 called
for an actual interview...I was one of them. The interview went well, and the tests they gave me I scored 100%. Since the interview, I have received
no further communication, not even from the agency dealing with the applications. The start dates for each position have passed, so obviously I didn't
get either job.
I am capable (and willing) for taking lesser roles to get back to work, but no one will touch me because of my qualifications and experience. In fact,
on occasions, I know I was more qualified and experienced than those conducting the interview.
I am currently living off £142 a fortnight, and sign on every fortnight. I am trying to get housing benefit, but they are giving me the runaround. I
can't afford to pay electric, and but for paying quartely I think I'd be without electric or placed on card meter. Along with food, travel expenses
have to come out of the £142. New clothes, forget that! Toiletries, once a month. Rent has not been paid for three months, it's private tenancy so I
may lose it, after living here for over 12 years.
I didn't lose my job, the company lost it, because the banks and the government destroyed the company's economy, so they cut back drastically. Here in
England, it's well known that the government use unemployment as a means to combat inflation. They allow unemployment to rise in proportion to
inflation. They manipulate and rip apart people's lives as a means for economic balance. The current government are single-mindedly focussed on
austerity measures which will last at least another 4 years, regardless of the people sacrificed in order they reach their target.
I sign on today, but I have to do either a 6 mile walk (regardless of weather) so I can use the bus fare on food, or use the bus and not have food
until Monday when I receive benefit payment. All this to attend a 10 minute interview with some 20 year old whom is going to advise me on how to get a
job, and question me on why I already haven't got one.
I'm just trying to work out what I have done to deserve this whilst wandering aimlessly around on an ever-growing scrapheap!
edit on 24/4/13 by
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