One ramification of the global ageing phenomenon is the shrinking workforce numbers, especially in the developed world.    Because of this shift, much emphasis has been placed on ways to keep older workers in the job market, providing experience and stability to the workplace.

However the reverse seems to be the case in Australia, where the Department of Health and Ageing recently published a report showing that age discrimination  is still very much alive and well.

The survey results, entitled Valuing and Keeping Older Workers, revealed that 44% of younger workers felt that hiring older workers would increase costs to the company and 66% said that it was unlikely that the older workers would increase know-how and experience.

Australia introduced their Age Discrimination Act in 2004, but National Seniors Australia reports that  many companies continue to try to find ways around the law.     This may be about to change as the Australian government projects that the proportion of working age people is projected to fall and is already producing skills shortages.   A change  will be needed to avert the impact on national productivity.