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‘It’s improved on both sides’: The reason why more employers are considering older workers

3AW Mornings

There’s been a significant increase in the percentage of employers willing to look at hiring older people.

According to a report released today, 28 per cent of survey respondents indicated there was no reluctance to hire older works, compared to just eight per cent in 2014.

Australian Human Resource Institute Chairman Peter Wilson told Neil Mitchell while the percentage was still relatively low, the increase was promising.

“We want data to rise to rise over time to be a significant majority but this study shows there’s been a (positive) leap,” he said.

“It’s improved on both sides – employers realise they need good talent and people willing to work. The economy is booming and employers are struggling to keep talent on.

“On the employees side, the key to physical and mental health is being involved in something you enjoy doing it.

“Work is now coming back into the discussion as something they want to do.

“They’re thinking about work before retirement now instead of before when they put it off until it was too late.”

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