If you find yourself out of work in your fifties, you’re far less likely to find a new job than any other age group. A recent HR survey carried out with almost 300 HR professionals revealed one particularly worrying statistic: that only 17% of respondents believed their organisations would be likely to look at the 50+ age bracket for future recruitment. With Government records indicating that 36% of the working population will be over 50 by 2020, this is deeply concerning as it shows many are overlooking the advantages that mature workers can bring. It also demonstrates that, in many cases, candidates within this age bracket are not even getting the opportunity to make it past the first hurdle of the recruitment process. But are they victims of their own inflexibility or should more be done to help them?