Employers choosing migrants over older Australians

The ABC has published a report bemoaning that “ageism is rife in Australian workplaces”, where many older Australians are being shunned for jobs in favour of younger workers:

A recent survey of 5000 people over 50 by Australian Seniors found many older people want to participate in the workforce, but they are not being given opportunities:

  • Eighty-nine per cent said ageism is prevalent in the workforce
  • Close to one in four believe they were turned down for a job based solely on their age
  • More than two in five did not even bother applying for a job because they felt their chances were low because they are older

As Australia recovers from COVID, the director of job recruitment agency Seeking Seniors says employers should not overlook this cohort of experienced and loyal employees.

“Our economy is not going to get out of this ravaged state unless we alter our standards and employ Australia’s over 50s,” Amanda Mackean said.

“Having come up against age discrimination first-hand during my career, I’m hopeful that a wider understanding of the positive contributions over 50s bring to the workforce, will help thousands of seniors facing ageism.”

A LinkedIn survey published last year also found that 44% of baby-boomers believed that their job applications were being rejected largely due to their age:

…a new report adds to the mounting evidence of an Australian ageism crisis.

Conducted by professional networking site, LinkedIn, the survey of 1025 Australians revealed just under one in two baby boomers (44 per cent) believe their age is the main reason for employers rejecting their job applications…

Indeed APAC economist Callam Pickering said such stigmatisation spelled bad news for the entire workforce…

Australia’s Human Rights Commission found in a 2015 survey that 27 per cent of older Australians had faced workplace discrimination – often during the hiring process.

A third of that group consequently went into early retirement…

LinkedIn’s survey comes just months after Mr Frydenberg offended large swathes of older Australians by saying they must learn new skills and delay retirement as Australia’s ageing population was putting pressure on the budget…

The latest Intergenerational Report (IGR) argued that Australia needed to run a mass immigration program to mitigate the impacts from an ageing population.

NOM projection

The IGR outlined how 30 years ago, for each person aged over 65, there were 6.6 people of “working age”. Today, there are four working age people and by 2060-61, there will only be 2.7 for each person aged over 65. In other words, the presumption is that the economy cannot afford an ageing population.

The IGR was also based on one big lie, since it presumed that someone only works and pays taxes if they are aged between 15-64 years of age. Based on this assumption, you’d be led to believe that workforce participation had gone down in the last 30 years, when in fact the employment-to-population ratio hit its highest level on record in July 2021 prior to the latest lockdown:

In any event, concerns around mitigating an ageing population can be addressed by businesses employing and retraining older workers instead of plucking a migrant at every opportunity.

According to research from Professor Peter McDonald from Melbourne University, migrants took 83% of jobs created between 2011 and 2016:

From July 2011 to July 2016, employment in Australia increased by 738,800. Immigrants accounted for 613,400 of the total increase…

Migration has had a very large effect on the age structure of employment with most new immigrant workers (595,300) being under 55 years.

The Treasury’s own immigration propaganda report, Shaping a Nation, also explicitly acknowledged that the overwhelming majority of Australia’s jobs growth went to migrants between 2011 and 2016, thus keeping unemployment elevated:

Recent migrants accounted for two-thirds (64.5 per cent) of the approximately 850,000 net jobs created in the past five years. For full-time employment, the impact is even more pronounced, with recent migrants accounting for 72.4 per cent of new jobs created.

Migrants stealing jobs

Australia will never achieve ‘full employment’ or solid wage growth while it continues to import migrant workers in bulk. And older Australians will continue to get overlooked for jobs in favour of cheaper, younger migrants.

An ‘Australian first’ policy is desperately needed to absorb the chronic labour market slack and lift wage growth.

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  1. boomengineeringMEMBER

    More fool them, as oldies work smart not hard.
    Finished ride already rode hard not smart.

    • boomengineeringMEMBER

      Surprisingly well this morn after dragging my kit bag around for hours against the current spearfishing late afternoon yesterday. Bit lighter though as skipped dinner.

    • That’s why managers love the young kids. Feels like they’re getting full value for money when the worker is stall at their desk at 8 pm. They suspect the oldies are taking liberties.

  2. boomengineeringMEMBER

    Better choose unvaccinated oldies though, the fully vacinated ones die from Covid ( Powell )

    • Literally EVERY residential construction site these days is largely serviced by foreign, cheap tradies. Always thought this might happen and wondered what the impact on locals would be, but eventually realised local tradies aren’t too concerned since they became rent seekers.

      • Why is this necessarily a bad thing?
        Surely having all these manual labour jobs done by foreigners frees up true blue Aussie labour to pursue high skill / high value jobs. Isn’t that the theory we all learned in high school economics?

      • ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

        That’s all good and well for older tradies who own property.
        The younger ones who don’t are seeing their Bargaining power eroded by this population Ponzi scheme whilst house prices just keep accelerating up.
        I’m surprise more of them aren’t arming themselves.

          • Sad thing is that Australia could of fixed so much if it had only taken its lead from the rest of the world and let RE collapse during the GFC. Frankly it would have only taken 18 months to return sanity to the RE market.
            Today we have Insanity layered on insanity, it’s impossible for any politician to allow sanity to return to the housing market. Even a bit of a sniffle will see the RBA bring out the big guns. Crazy
            Yesterday I spoke with a 25 year old Mechanical Engineer who’s looking to buy a house. The last 2 years have seen his savings (bank deposits) grow to well over $100K (nothing to spend money on) so he wants in on the RE market.
            I told him to pack his bags and head off to overseas, come back in 10 years and you’ll either buy for cash or know that you’re permanently priced out of the market and then just get on with your life elsewhere. The worst possible outcome is to “invest” your savings plus $900K debt and then have the market collapse.
            Of course you could buy now, see how it works out and just plan to F-off overseas if things get bad. Buy a one way ticket and send jingle-mail to the bank.
            It’s so sad that these are the logical choices that an honest person is forced to make.

        • boomengineeringMEMBER

          Ermo, left you a reply the other day( Phil Cory immigration)
          Btw, sitting at a cafe atm but can’t mention where, as against apathied rules.

  3. Knowledge and experience is so yesterday.

    These are actually roadblocks for the young wokesters who can bend definitions and identify as success.

  4. An ‘Australian first’ policy is desperately needed to absorb the chronic labour market slack and lift wage growth

    Not dissing, but you really need to don your steel caps and kick these Phillips Curve ideas into the next century.
    Labour markets in Australia can’t behave this way until local demand outstrips global supply.
    Until then we’re all stuck in service sector job hell praying for another dose of Economic stupidity, just one more can kick, just one more crack high …against this, rational Phillips Curve based labour market concepts are just worthless relics, legacies of a bygone age.

    • The Traveling Wilbur 🙉🙈🙊

      … or until the next pandemic / border steel-trap-shutting-event…

      Cue harry with updated pics of his new bat cave.

      • Or when Asia, which has below replacement fertility across the whole continent, and declining, decides it wants to start keep more of its young workers for itself.

        • Frank DrebinMEMBER

          Ain’t going to happen with the likes of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Philppines – these guys will be exporters of “human capital” for the next 2-3 decades.

          • Yes – about that long most likely. Births in India peaked about 20 years ago, so did births in Bangladesh, so when today’s Indian 20 year olds are in about their fifties, they’ll start to worry about there not being enough young workers to support them when they retire.

          • And when the higher wages and better education that will be inevitable when the whole world is chasing their labour push Africa’s TFR below 2?

            Besides, with current population of the whole continent of Africa less than China at present, Africa is not going to replace the current China plus India plus several other SE Asian countries labour pool as a seemingly bottomless supplier of dirt cheap labour. Especially as today’s supplier’s of dirt cheap labour will all be looking for dirt cheap labour from Africa themselves by then.

  5. Know IdeaMEMBER

    Well that is it then! If it is impacting the Boomers negatively, then something will now have to be done about it.

  6. Hmm, hard to feel any empathy for them as I bet this is what most of those boomers voted for – more immigrants because the youth were supposedly too slack and/or lazy to accept working for peanuts or indulging on smashed avo instead of saving.

  7. rob barrattMEMBER

    Yes, It’s all the Boomers fault.
    1) They borrowed to the limit to get their houses knowing 100% that RE was to be the future economy of the country. (Government policy now being entirely decided by Gen Xs.).
    2) They treacherously learned their times tables so they didn’t need a mobile to add up 2 single digit numbers.
    3) The vast majority ruthlessly worked 40 hours a week minimum.
    Yes, I’m a Boomer. I worked for more than 40 years in IT. Programmed in more than 12 languages, one of them being Assembler. You had to add up in hexadecimal, If you made a mistake you got a core dump 132 characters wide and a foot in depth…
    Now what do I see?
    Despite enormous advances in computer languages, debugging etc, web sites designed by idiots. Eg. no clear menu options, or you get half way through a process then lose all your previously entered data if you want to go back a page.
    Web sites with totally untested code. Pathetic vulnerability to hacking through techniques like buffer overflow.