Can employers still request applicants' work and education history, with dates, on their application forms?

Yes. There is nothing in the age discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 that expressly prevents employers from asking job applicants for such information.

However, employers need to be aware that, as it is usually possible to work out a candidate's approximate age from such information, there is a risk that an unsuccessful candidate might point to the job application form to try to support a claim of age discrimination by suggesting that the employer had discriminatory attitudes. However, this information is usually relevant to enable employers to assess candidates' experience, and to enable them to identify any gaps in their employment history that may require an explanation. It should, therefore, usually be possible to justify asking for this type of information. Employers should, however, consider the issue and ask themselves if such information is really necessary with regard to the position in question.