It's exactly there where it always was, with a touch of worse. Why should it be less?
It should be less since people need to realize that age shouldn't matter when hiring for a job. Ageism is just as wrong as sexism, racism, xenophobia, etc, so it should be eliminated. A 40 year old person has just as much a right to an IT job as a 20 year old does. That's why it should be less.
The question was "is it still a rampant issue?". Not about "is it still a bad issue?". Yes it is still rampant because hiring practices haven't changed into better. I'm saying hiring practices, not hiring theories. Nobody will recognize being racist or sexist either, right? They will write beautiful and empowering blog articles about their hiring practices, and in the interview they'll kick the 50+ out as soon as they miss a beat. Of course there are exceptions like everywhere, but in general yes it's rampant.
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