A middle-aged father says he’s been rejected from 237 jobs in just 17 months because employers believe he’s too old.
Western Australian man Nicolas Winterson is just 53 and fighting to land himself a full-time job despite a lifetime of experience in the Navy and senior investigation roles.
He served with the Royal Australian Navy for ten years, worked as a high-level fraud and forensics manager for twenty years and speaks Malay and Bahasa Indonesian.
At one point he was director of forensic services at KPMG Australia, a globally recognised firm that provides audit, tax and advisory services.
Nicolas Winterson has been applying for every potential job under the sun and handing in his application for both senior and junior positions.
He’s put in an application to work at ASIO, the police force, home affairs office and even hardware giant Bunnings, but every single application has been rejected despite his remarkable resume and lifelong experience.
And a distraught Nicolas Winterson believes recruiters are overlooking his candidacy for the roles because of one thing that’s out of his control, and he told the West Australian that they think 53 is too old, and that recruiters have a bias against people over a certain age, and that they’re after young people, and that he’s finding it difficult because some of those roles, he fits the job description perfectly.
Nicolas Winterson said he was even told by a Bunning’s employer that he didn’t get the position because the hardware giant was looking for a specific kind of person.
The 53-year-old has an 11-year-old son and worries he won’t be able to look after him much longer if he isn’t hired by someone.
The Australian Human Rights Commission and Australian Human Resources Institute released a report in April that looked into ageism in the Australian workforce.
It found more employers were more hesitant to hire workers over a particular age while there’s also been a slight variation in perception in what age group would be classed as an older worker.
Around 17 per cent of recruiters classified 51-57-year-olds as older workers in 2021, compared to only 11 per cent in 2018, and a disturbing 46.7 per cent of employers admitted they would be more reluctant to hire a worker over a particular age.
Fifty-three years old is not even old and it’s shocking, and yet they keep increasing the pension age, but that’s because they hope that everybody drops dead before then, and if people of a particular age aren’t going to be able to get employment because of this, then they need to lower the retirement age.
I guess that just about sums up Bunnings, and blows a hole in what people thought was a great company that supported Australian and even perhaps the Australian services, and I would love to know which clown’s going to take the blame for this and how their PR team will attempt to twist their way out of this one.
And there’s so much support and attention on young people, which of course, there should be, but the over fifties are being completely forgotten about, and this is just covert age discrimination.
Age discrimination is widespread for the over fifties, even if they have both life and work experience, and the dedication to actually turn up for work, but there appears to be this culture within HR departments that the younger the employee fits better.
But older people make much better workers. They don’t take off time to have children, they’re dependable because they know jobs are difficult to come by and they do the work normally without whinging, but most companies are encouraged not to hire them.