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Mature-age workers bowing out early

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HC Online | 23 Jan 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have shown that while the unemployment rate has been maintained at 5.3%, labour force participation has decreased by 0.3% – more people are simply giving up or bowing out of the labour market.
  • Shane | 24 Jan 2012, 11:43 AM Agree 0
    I'm not surprised by this at all. I run Australia's number one job board for mature age workers and we have older workers contacting us everyday discouraged at how they are made to feel at work and equally discouraged knowing that getting another job is going to be very difficult for an older worker.

    There are organisations working hard to help mature age workers such as DEEWR the Commissioners office and National Seniors, but employers have to take some responsibilty for stereotyping in the workplace as well.
  • peter hurford | 24 Jan 2012, 11:56 AM Agree 0
    Why would anyone be surprised at this chart, its not bowing out its being shoved out!
  • Alison Monroe | 25 Jan 2012, 01:23 PM Agree 0
    This is a complex issue with many issues converging. There is no silver bullet solution.
    2012 is demographic 'crunch year' and most employers are aware of the risks they face if they do actively engage with their mature workforce regarding future working (and retirement) intentions. A good Starting Point assessment for employers keen to take the 1st step can be found at
    Mature workers also need to take ownership of staying current in terms of skills and knowledge and planning for the future.

  • Ron Browne | 31 Jan 2012, 01:17 PM Agree 0
    The Government is actively encouraging employers to support mature aged workers and many in the small business sector have got the message. Sadly it is the larger end of town that still relies on 'churn and burn' employment strategies of youthful workers and are failing to recognise, and therefore, capitalise on the skills and experience of workers over 40. Smart employers go looking for mature workers, who walk thought the door with over 20 years experience to bring to any organisation, and use this skill to mentor and train the younger employee cohort. At PLUS40 ( we have thousands of frustrated workers just waiting to add their skills and experience to any workplace prepared to provide a supportive environment.
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