As a result of Australia’s aging population, mature-age workers are set to be a rapidly growing group in the labour market.
As a result of Australia’s aging population, mature-age workers are set to be a rapidly growing group in the labour market. Lee Constable

Hiring older workers can help grow your business

BUSINESSES can benefit from the experience, knowledge and perspectives workers of different generations have to offer, a job network entrepreneur says.

As a result of Australia's aging population, mature-age workers are set to be a rapidly growing group in the labour market.

Founder of jobs website OneShift, Gen George, said there were benefits to hiring mature-age employees that firms and recruiters should consider.

Ms George said mature workers understood the importance of being reliable and could use their experience from previous roles and business environments to mentor others.

"A mature team member who has been in different businesses can give some interesting insights and add a different flavour to the table," she said.

On the flipside, Ms George said young staff could bring fresh blood to an organisation and were often sought for technological skills having grown up using smartphones and social media.

She said there were different knowledge bases and employees of different ages had something to contribute.

"It takes a lot of people to run the world and it's important to have all sides," she said.

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Sunshine Coast associate Peter Cooper said while most employers treated jobseekers equally there were some who did not, and there were legal protections against age discrimination in the workforce.

"Under the anti-discrimination laws in Australia these legal protections cover everything from recruitment and job offers to employment benefits, training opportunities and promotion. Redundancies and dismissals are also covered by the legislation," Mr Cooper said.

"Employers are not allowed to specify age limits in advertisements, however they can advertise for junior positions because a worker under the age of 21 is legally able to be paid less, on account of their age, if their relevant award provides for it.

"We always recommend that you seek legal advice if you feel your age has been a barrier in your employment."

- ARM Newsdesk



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