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Doubts that older worker bonus will make a difference

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HC Online | 09 May 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Despite persistent skills shortages in vital sectors, employers continue to overlook the capabilities of older Australians and business thought leaders fear the $1,000 bonus won’t be enough to shift engrained hiring practices.
  • Carole Goldsmith | 09 May 2012, 02:18 PM Agree 0
    Hi and I am an older worker (still feel 35) and I cannot keep up with the jobs and opportunities in Aus and globally......
  • Heidi Holmes | 09 May 2012, 04:10 PM Agree 0
    I own and operate, a leading job board for mature workers and while the $1000 may not be an incentive for larger employers, we have had an increase in enquiries from SMEs wanting to tap into this talent pool. Not just because of the cash, but because of the experience and loyalty mature workers bring to the table. Regardless of the success of the Jobs Bonus, it has increased the exposure around this issue and will hopefully lead to an increase in organisations including this audience in their recruitment strategy.
  • Shane Higgins | 09 May 2012, 05:20 PM Agree 0
    I own the only national job board in Australia that has jobs specifically placed by employers looking for older workers - officially over 45's. We have over 17,500 registered jobseekers over the age of 45 ranging from low skilled to highly skilled professionals and over 1300 age-friendly registered employers. We don't believe the incentive will make a big difference at all to employers in relation to whether or not they will consider an older worker in their recruitment strategies, however it is better than nothing and it continues to keep the issues facing older jobseekers at the forefront. There is no one solution to age discrimination faced by older jobseekers, and governments need to try a variety of solutions in their efforts to address the issues. We have the largest number of registered older jobseekers and age-friendly employers in Australia for a specialist job board, and already we are seeing higher numbers of small, medium and larger corporations interested in engaging with older workers. We are confident that as awareness of the ageing population, and therefore the ageing workforce, continues to be raised,along with the skills shortages and labour market shortages, that employers will continue to realise the benefits of recruiting and retaining older workers. Many of our larger employers continue to actively seek older workers to ensure they have a healthy diversity in their workplace. Unfortunately the AIM survey confirmed what we already know; not enough businesses have business plans that will ensure they are competitive in the years to come. If they continue to lock out the over 45's in their recruitment exercises, they will automatically discount a large proportion of applicants.
  • Jonathon Woolfrey | 10 May 2012, 12:57 AM Agree 0
    The $1000 might not be a huge incentive in itself but the reporting on the bonus has got the topic in newspapers and HCN and people have read some of the benefits. Hopefully some of that "thinking" will seep through to the results.
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