Given the growing importance of ICT in the workplace, understanding digital inequality is essential for both academics and politicians in a modern, competitive, and knowledge-based labour market. The implementation of policy measures should, as a priority, focus on lower educated and unemployed older workers to systematically close the generation gap and further career progress. Research on ICT access of employed and unemployed senior citizens targets two developmental lags currently producing social tension. An individual lag occurs if social structures and working environments change more rapidly than people's abilities. A structural lag occurs if a mismatch exists between the changing capabilities of older people and their opportunities on the labour market. This article shows that the duration of computer access positively influences the likelihood of employed people to remain employed, indicating the current developmental lag to be of individual origin. Computer illiterates are increasingly marginalized due to the speed of technological development and a progressive updating of job requirements.
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