A staggering 81 per cent of workers in Wales have revealed that being discriminated against because of your age is common in their workplace.

That’s according to the latest piece of research from CV-Library, one of the UK’s leading independent jobs boards.

The study asked 1,400 UK workers about discrimination in the workplace, particularly when it comes to age.

It found that 42.1 per cent professionals in Wales have been turned down for a job because of their age. Other key findings include:

• Over a third (37.9 per cent) of professionals in Wales feel they’re not taken seriously at work, because of their age

• With a further 76.9 per cent stating that they have been discriminated against at work because they were considered ‘too old'.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “Diversity is a hot topic at the moment, and it is something that should be celebrated in the workplace.

"Sadly, there is clearly still a great amount of discrimination amongst those considered to be ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ to work in certain positions. As a nation, we need to address this issue head on, and consider ways in which we can remove these stigmas.”

Of those that said they were considered to be ‘too old’ for a job, 30 per cent said they were told that they were too stuck in their ways, with a further 20 per cent being told that they didn’t have the right look for the business. Conversely, for those considered to be ‘too young’, 50 per cent were told that they didn’t have enough experience.

Biggins said: “It’s clear that discrimination around age is not only rife in workplaces, but also during the hiring process. But, while employers may think their pickiness will secure them the very best workers, they’re actually limiting themselves even further. Younger, and older, workers are a key part of driving our economy forward and companies should embrace a diverse range of employees in their business.”