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Australia debates fate of over-50’s in public sector

by on July 31, 2014

This piece from Australian news source ‘The Age’ highlights the debate within the public sector about the fate of older workers (here defined as 50+).  On the one hand Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan has suggested that this group are harder hit but jobs cut and has asked for a consideration of recruitment targets.  She is quoted in the piece at raising concern about the ‘deeply ageist culture’ in Australia and highlights the challenges for the unemployed older person.

However in response leaders in the public sector have highlighted that “30 per cent of permanent staff [are] over 50 and about 11 per cent of new recruits [fall] in[to] that age bracket”.  This is a story we shall be following for developments and updates.

 

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