Sunday Mirror

Women over 50 hit hard by jobs fallout from pandemic


FEMALE workers are becoming victims of a “finished at 50” culture following the pandemic.

More than 24,000 women over the age of 50 lost their jobs in the three months to February. And in that month alone, 268,261 women in the same age group claimed Job Seekers Allowance – an increase of 116% in a year.

Analysis of Official National

Statistics figures show that only 11% of axed workers over 50 have gone on to find work elsewhere.

And Stuart Lewis, founder of digital support group Rest Less, has warned of a “tsunami of redundanci­es” when the furlough scheme is scaled back in July and finishes in September.

A Government spokesman said: “We are helping many back into work through our Plan for Jobs and refreshed 50 Plus:

Choices offer.”

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