Mature age jobs bonus backed
HAVING the incentive of a $1000 bonus when job hunting for five months last year could have been the difference in Kate Kelly landing a job sooner.
Yesterday, Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan announced that 10,000 employers who employ people over 50 will be eligible to receive a $1000 "jobs bonus" from July 1.
Last year after a 12-month caravan holiday, Kate found herself unemployed for the first time in her life and became depressed.
But she said landing two jobs, the first at District House Direct in October, and then a job at Northern Rivers Lifeline at Christmas cheered her up and turned her life around.
Kate said the job bonus was a positive move that could transform the lives of the over-50s.
"I think the jobs bonus could make the difference between an over 50-year-old person and someone in their 30s getting a job," she said.
The man who hired Kate through recruitment agency On-Q Human Resources, Lifeline Northern Rivers regional operations manager Peter Higgins, said there were definite benefits to employing people over 50.
"They have lots of experience, both life experience and work experience, so they are generally assimilate into the workforce quicker than most other age groups," he said.
"They have a mature approach, and they have a clear commitment and direction in life which helps motivate them."
He said the job bonus was a great idea and it could tip the scales in favour of someone over 50.
Set to cost the Federal Government $10 million over four years, the bonus is conditional on employee remaining in the job for at least three months.
Mr Swan said the jobs bonus was about making it easier for mature-age Australians to find work by giving incentives to those businesses which embrace their skills and experience.
"Older Australians have built up a lifetime of skills and experience and if these Australians want to stay in the workforce, we should do everything we can to help that happen," he said.
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