Give Mature Workers a Chance

by maryellenhall


Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has called on all employers, large and small, to actively consider hiring mature workers.

“From July 1, the government’s incentive of $10,000 to employers who hire a previously unemployed person over 50 came into effect,” Commissioner Ryan said.

She said the government was sending a strong and important signal with this incentive.

“The message is that there are thousands of experienced, capable workers ready to work productively. All employers should look at the widest talent pool available, and appoint the best person for the job.”

Commissioner Ryan said it was obvious that the best person will often be the one with extensive relevant work experience and a good work record.

“Our economy needs to make better use of the pool of experienced workers,” she said.

“I commissioned a report from Deloitte Access Economics recently which showed that a 3 per cent increase in the participation of over 55s in paid work would create a $31 billion positive impact on the national economy.”

Commissioner Ryan said the government incentive was underlining the importance of giving older workers a fair chance, and called on all employers to take note. She said it was clear that a positive impact on their business performance would follow.