Hire an older worker

Migrants? Forget it. There’s 100,000 older workers looking for a job

As an Adelaide resume writer, I know it’s farcical that the Federal Government is flooding the jobs market with migrants when there are more than 1.3 million people who are unemployed and underemployed.

There are also about 400,000 people on the aged pension who want to work more.

More than 100,000 older workers are looking for a job and this does not count the approximately 50,000 people over 50 who have dropped out of the workforce and are not counted by the ABS.

Age prejudice condemns thousands of older workers and their families to a life of poverty and penury.

It is an insane prejudice because one is born in a certain year.

Executive general manager of employment services at MAX Solutions Fiona Lamb, said 17.8 per cent of Australians are aged 50-64, yet they represented 28 per cent of MAX’s 116,899 unemployed customers in May 2021.

According to a MAX survey, more than half of employers said they found mature-age workers to be more skilled compared to their younger peers in dispute resolution (57 per cent), mediation (55 per cent) and managing others (55 per cent).

60 per cent of employers said other benefits included their “wealth of experience”, followed by “maturity and stability” (48 per cent) and “reliability and dependability” (43 per cent).’

Employers and the Federal Government have got to wake up and get older job seekers in to work.

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