Six weeks ago Federal Employment Participation Minister, Kate Ellis unveiled the first national report into employment barriers for older workers, The 2011-12 National Survey on the Barriers to Employment for Mature Age People. Ellis was reported as saying the following; that 36% of mature age job seekers had experienced aged-related exclusion during job searches, that age discrimination during job seeking was "particularly prevalent" and that 83% of respondents thought age discrimination was an issue for mature aged job seekers.
Early last week those rock'n'roll youngsters, Sir Michael Jagger (69 years old), Keith Richards (69 next month), Charlie Watts (71) and Ronnie Wood (65), collectively known as The Rolling Stones played a surprise Paris club gig for 600 fans who got their hands on (the equivalent of $20) tickets earlier in the day via a Twitter message. By all accounts the Stones rocked the house and left the fans thrilled with the return of the legendary rockers, after a five year absence from the stage.
Like those lucky fans, I am sure that when the audience at the upcoming Stones' gigs in London (25 & 29 November) and New Jersey (13 & 15 December) watch the band celebrate their 50 years of recording together they will be appreciating the excellence of the performance, rather than making some pre-determined assumption about the Stones' competency based on the individual band members' respective ages.
If only it was so with employers.