The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased to support once again the AHRI older worker survey. This year’s survey provides interesting insights into HR professionals’ attitudes and behaviours towards older workers, as employers emerge from the pandemic and face labour shortages due to limited migration.
Almost two thirds (65%) of HR professionals surveyed say they are experiencing recruitment difficulties.
Yet, against the backdrop of continued elevated employee shortages in the Australian economy, the survey found that only a quarter (25%) of HR professionals are open to hiring people aged 65 and above “to a large extent”.
Meanwhile, around one in six (17%) HR professionals say that they actively exclude people from employment by reporting that they are not open to hiring people aged 65 and over “at all”.