A social advocacy organisation has called for urgent upgrading of employment services following the release the 2018 Jobs Availability Snapshot.
Executive director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers said that a new approach was needed to help people find work.
“The job market isn’t working for everyone,” Chambers said. “It’s failing those who need the most help to find work – those without qualifications or recent experience. Our research shows that at least four of these jobseekers are competing for each job at their level.”
Chambers said those who have some difficulty looking for work spend an average of five years looking for employment and added this could be more challenging for senior citizens.
“We have an intuition that this could be longer for older people; we hear from older job seekers who say it’s harder for them. There’s this mindset that they should wait out their time until they come off Newstart and onto the age pension,” she said.
“You can’t dress it up really, there’s blatant discrimination against older people. People assume that they’re not okay with some technology or not quick to learn.”
She said entry-level jobs for low-skilled job seekers are disappearing, which is an opportunity for aged care.
“The aged care and disability sectors are growing – if we planned our workforce, we could create pathways for people to build careers where they are needed,” she said.
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