Ageism In Tech

Tech Needs More Age Diversity

Isa Gautschi
Authored byIsabel Gautschi
Sean Campbell
Authored bySean Campbell

Despite frequent public commitments to diversity, the tech industry isn’t kind to those over age 35.

What’s more, many don’t see a problem with that. Remember when Mark Zuckerberg famously claimed that “young people are just smarter”?

But, companies deprive themselves of the benefit of experience when they undervalue hiring and retaining workers who have made it passed their 20s.

Cascade Insights was recently asked to present our research on ageism by industry. During our study, we analyzed 9.45 million LinkedIn profiles.  Our analysis revealed that employees over the age of 35 are in the minority in the tech industry.

Our talk focused on our methodology, data, and findings about the rampant ageism in tech. Here, we would like to provide some more context for why age discrimination is depriving the industry of a plethora of talented workers and unduly undervaluing some of the sharpest minds in tech.

There is nothing that should limit those over 35 from having a job in tech. In fact, tech is worse off without them.

(We also presented our findings on the gender gap in tech. Check out our defense of women in tech reading list here.)

Age discrimination is detrimental to valuable members of the workforce.

Companies should not discount the benefit of experience when hiring, acquiring, & funding.

Millennials will not drag down the average age of the U.S. worker. In fact, it’s going to get grayer out there.

Diversity benefits companies by making them more likely to innovate and raise profits. 

 Older workers are more loyal, reducing turnover costs.

 How can we improve age diversity in tech? Here are some ideas.

For all of the above reasons, ageism in tech cannot simply be written off as older workers being less capable than their younger colleagues.            

This blog post is brought to you by Cascade Insights. With B2B focused market research and marketing services, Cascade Insights helps companies seize opportunities in the B2B technology sector.

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