Seniors welcome $1,000 payment for older workers

Businesses hiring older workers will get a $1,000 incentive from the Federal Government.

But under the Jobs Bonus Scheme which comes into force in July, workers must be aged over 50 and kept on the company payroll for at least three months.

National Seniors chief executive Michael O'Neill said the payment was a good first step in overcoming the barriers to employment facing older workers.

"If you lose your job at 50, getting back into the workforce is an enormous challenge," he said.

"Official statistics show mature age workers can languish in unemployment three times longer than younger workers."

Research reveals mature age workers are dogged by negative stereotypes despite vast reserves of corporate knowledge and low levels of absenteeism.

National Seniors wants greater training and advancement opportunities and fine-tuning of existing age discrimination laws.

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