Editor’s picks

Latest news from around the world on mature workers for February 2020.

  • Not focused on your experienced workforce? You should be (Australia)

    Quoting from the 2015 Intergenerational Report and data from the Parliamentary Budget Office, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s recent remarks that older Australians will need to retrain in order to stay employed and work for longer to be less of a “burden” on the budget was a bitter pill for many to swallow.

    While forecasts and facts can’t be ignored, the focus must be on how we respond as a society.

    Rather than continuing to perpetuate negative and ageist notions of a greying population as being an “economic time bomb”, we need to shift our attention to the genuine opportunities that exist, and are emerging.  – The New Daily, 14 February 2020

  • Age biggest barrier to career progression, survey finds (UK)

    Age is the “number one barrier” to job opportunities in the UK, above gender, ethnicity or educational background, according to research by LinkedIn. The survey, which polled more than 2,000 individuals in the UK as part of a wider global study, found many in the UK believed their age to be problematic when looking for a more stable job or changing career.

    But experts warn against singling out just one characteristic such as age, gender or ethnicity when tackling disadvantage at work.   – People Management, 13 February 2020

  • Age discrimination is Australia’s biggest barrier to opportunity: Report

    With older Australians still processing Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s advice to learn new skills and delay retirement, a new report adds to the mounting evidence of an Australian ageism crisis.

    Conducted by professional networking site, LinkedIn, the survey of 1025 Australians revealed just under one in two baby boomers (44 per cent) believe their age is the main reason for employers rejecting their job applications.  – The New Daily, 12 February 2020

  • Proposal for 15 per cent super is pie in the sky

    Daniel Andrews’ Labor government wants the super guarantee to eventually rise to 15 per cent, for super to be paid on Commonwealth parental leave and for the rules to change to allow employers to pay women higher super than their male colleagues.

    The gender super gap is a real problem and studies have shown the most vulnerable in retirement are single women who don’t own their own home.  – Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2020

  • Europe’s demographic crisis: How to get older workers back into the labour market

    The European Social Fund is Europe’s main instrument for supporting jobs, helping people get better jobs and ensuring fairer job opportunities.  – Euronews, 12 February 2020

  • Lawyer denied job for being ‘expensive’ wins age discrimination case (UK)

    Tribunal rules solicitor was not offered the position because of his age and experience despite being the only person interviewed. … The tribunal ruled that “expensive” was in fact “synonymous with his being an experienced and older solicitor”, and that the firm changed the job requirements to suit a more junior solicitor after it had deemed Levy unsuitable.  – People Management, 12 February 2020

  • How to Navigate Your Most Dangerous Decade

    Losing a job is almost always traumatic. In your 50s, job loss can be devastating — and devastatingly common.

    More than half the workers who entered their 50s with stable, full-time jobs were laid off or pushed out at least once by age 65, according to an analysis of employment data from 1990 to 2016 by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and the Urban Institute, a nonprofit think tank. Only 10% of those who lost a job ever found another that paid as much, and most never recovered financially.  – The New York Times, 10 February 2020

  • Job hunting after 50: How women can plot their ‘comeback careers’

    The inspiration for Mika Brzezinski’s new book, co-written with her sister-in-law, Ginny Brzezinski, started with an exasperated text. The authors told NBC News’ Stephanie Ruhle that they wrote the book after Ginny Brzezinski texted her sister-in-law looking for some advice. “I had been hit by my kids leaving for college. I just turned 50, I was in a job I wasn’t happy with and I just thought ‘I’ve got to find something new to do for the next 20 years but I don’t know how. What does that look like when you’re in your fifties?’”  – NBC News, 11 February 2020

  • The Grandparents of Academe. An appreciation

    The other day I was communicating with a colleague at my school. In the course of our discussion, she mentioned that she is now a grandmother.

    This is a colleague whom I greatly respect. She is wicked smart and unfailingly modest. She is a colleague that I reach out to when I need to connect with someone who knows how to navigate the culture and structures of the institution to get things done.  – Inside Higher Ed, 9 February 2020

  • With age comes fewer raises: Here’s why many older Americans aren’t seeing higher pay

    The older Americans get, the worse their wages look. Half of younger baby boomers between the ages of 55 and 64 — Lond’s cohort — didn’t get a pay increase over the past 12 months, according to Bankrate’s December survey. Those between the ages of 65 and 73 were even worse off, with nearly three in five not seeing an increase in pay, the worst of any age group, the survey found.  – Bankrate, 4 February 2020

  • Absorbing the elderly in the workforce (Philippines)

    Job opportunities for the elderly may not be a problem anymore if the Cebu City Council approves the draft legislation providing for the employment of senior citizens in private firms.

    In its regular session on Jan. 28, 2020, the council approved on first reading the proposed ordinance requiring business establishments to employ senior citizens under the Food-for-Work program and providing tax incentives.  – Sunstar, 3 February 2020

  • Yale researchers find ageism is literally hurting older people all over the world

    Being the victim of age discrimination in the office can take a toll. Past research found that one in five US workers over the age of 40 has experienced age discrimination at work. Falling victim to ageism not only harms older workers from being able to acquire new work, but it also had nearly three-fourths of US workers age 50 and older believing their own age is a disadvantage when looking for work.

    But ageism isn’t exclusively found in the US — it’s become a global phenomenon with harmful consequences, according to a new study conducted by Yale University.  – The Ladders, 3 February 2020