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Do IT Pros Suffer From Age Discrimination?

Age discrimination is a problem is many industry sectors. A survey by mature jobs board Adage last year found that 78 per cent of its users refused to put their age on their resumes. Is the problem as pronounced in IT?

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One key challenge in IT, whatever your age, is maintaining a skills base. Knowledge of older technologies can be handy (ask anyone who revived their COBOL skills ahead of the Y2K crisis), especially as enterprise systems often have an extended lifespan. Yet skilled workers can find themselves priced out of the market, or see their jobs shifted offshore.

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