Older workers in the UK are becoming competent with new technology and embracing new working methods, according to new research.

Figures produced by Lifelong Learning UK indicate that more than half of such people love new technology and are confident in their skills.

"It is good to see any evidence of misconceived stereotypes about older people being aired. More than 50 per cent of people over the age of 50 surf the net and some three million have access to computers," stated Chris Ball, chief executive of the Age and Employment Network (TAEN).

He went on to say that not only do older people embrace technology, but they have the "added value" of experience.

Established in 1998, TAEN is an independent charity that aims to provide a jobs market that serves the needs of people in their mid and later life, as well as employers and the economy.