WORKOUT Over-50s pessimistic
IT seems as if 50 is the cut-off age after which people stop believing in their ability to switch jobs. About 73 per cent in a survey of 2000 people, conducted by linkme.com.au, feel getting a new job would be impossible after the age of 50. Those in the 41-55 age group hold a bleaker perspective: about 82 per cent in this age group believe they can’t find another job after the magical cut-off year.
‘‘ Considering that economic growth for Australia is greatly dependent on mature age workers staying in the workforce for as long as possible, these statistics are staggering,’’ says linkme.com.au chief executive Campbell Sallabank.
‘‘ Workers in the mature age group currently make up one-third of Australian workers compared with one quarter two decades ago, and have a lower unemployment rate than the combined workforce,’’ he says. ‘‘ The increased uptake of tertiary study and gap years mean that people are entering the workforce later. Combine this with the general ageing of our population and Australia will see an inevitable increase in mature workers in the future. Even over the past two decades the average age of the Australian worker has moved from 35 years to 39 years.
‘‘ I can see how a grim perception of being unemployable at this age might come about. Mature workers often have skills and experience gained through many years in the workforce and therefore are generally seeking higher end jobs — which tend to be harder to find,’’ says Sallabank.