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Age and the Philippines labour market

by on February 18, 2013

In this opinion piece in the Philippine Business Mirror, we get an interesting take on state of the Philippines labour market as relating to age. There is apparently no anti age discimination law, as bills that would have brought in this reform have not made it through the long legislative process. The Philippines also has one of the youngest populations in the world with 1 million new job entrants entering the labour force every year and insufficient jobs for them.

The state of the labour market is summarised as follows:

‘Age discrimination in the country is rampant. Just take a quick look at the jobs ads. You see employers everywhere specifying age qualifications. Older people are barred from applying for jobs that they may well be qualified for. And we don’t even mean senior citizens here. One could easily find job ads specifying people over 30 years and older “need not apply.” Indeed, we find something very wrong when you are considered by certain industries as washed up and unemployable at 40.’



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