Youth versus experience

The design industry is notoriously regarded as a young person's game. While experience carries cachet, youth is generally equated with creativity. Clients demand designs at the cutting edge, mirroring the latest fashions or setting new trends. That's not something they tend to expect those in the twilight of their career, or arguably even their forties or fifties, to be capable of providing. But there's just one slight problem with this attitude in the creative workplace - it's now illegal.

As of 1 October 2006, EU legislation came into force in the UK making it an offence to discriminate based upon age. The new legislation hopes to ensure that the workplace reflects the changes within today's society. Presently the over-fifties make up one third of our total population, and this is set to increase to 40 per cent over the next 20 years.

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