The Truth about Older Workers

Under the Human Rights Act 1993 and the Employment Act 2000, it is unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of age in employment – yet you’d be naive to think it didn’t happen every day in New Zealand.

Here at KathyBirk, it’s a story we hear all too often. One member of our Early Adopters group shared some of the excuses she has encountered on the hunt for a job. In multiple cases, once recruiters realised that she was 57 years old they dismissed her application using excuses such as “you’re over qualified for the role”, and “you’ll get bored quickly”.

We’ve even heard from people that have resorted to omitting previous work experience from their CV to disguise their age.

While this issue is slowly improving as it gains more publicity, ageism is still very much alive and well in today’s workplaces and job markets.

Let’s explore some of the common myths surrounding older workers that have led to this discrimination. Continue reading “The Truth about Older Workers”

Riding the Grey Wave – The Benefits of Hiring Older Workers

By 2020, one quarter of the New Zealand workforce will be aged 55 or over. By 2031, for the first time, our country will be home to more people aged 65 and over than children under 15.

There’s no denying that our population – and subsequently our workforce – is getting older. With supply of young workers entering the workforce diminishing, it seems that longer working lives is a forgone conclusion.

Whether due to enjoyment or financial necessity, census data shows that 40 percent of 65-69 year olds and 21 percent of 70-74 year old remained in full-time or part-time work in 2013.

The good news for employers is that these older workers bring with them a range of unique benefits. By understanding how best to tap into these workers’ extensive experience, forward-looking employers are beginning to turn this demographic trend into a competitive advantage.

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The first two month’s subscription free for our first 100 members!

  • Membership of our private Facebook group so you can connect with others in the community, share stories and ideas and provide support for each other
  • Regular newsletters and updates, particularly when we are approached by employers with roles to fill
  • A short and long form profile – and additional profiles  depending on which plan you choose so you can present different aspects of your work experience and qualifications
  • Invitations to networking and other events from time to time, providing a chance to build relationships and meet potential employers
  • The opportunity to be profiled on the site (right here in the blog) and on our social media channels by sharing your story with us

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