Ma­ture-age sub­sidy will aid econ­omy

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WAGE sub­si­dies for em­ploy­ers who take on ma­ture-age em­ploy­ees will help en­sure highly skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced work­ers can con­tinue to con­trib­ute to the na­tional econ­omy, Ai Group says.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide em­ploy­ers with $1000 to hire a job­seeker aged 45 years or over to help ad­dress ma­tureage un­em­ploy­ment.

Ai Group chief ex­ec­u­tive des­ig­nate Innes Wil­lox says it is crit­i­cal to make an ef­fort to change the mind­set of em­ploy­ers so they be­come more will­ing to re­cruit and re­tain ma­ture-age work­ers. ‘‘ In the last decade, work­ers aged 45 plus ac­count for 72 per cent of (labour force) growth,’’ he says.

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