21 November 2011

More legalised ageism?

While any attempt to encourage firms to employ more British people are to be encouraged, I have to admit that I do not like the sound of this idea.

If companies are given financial incentives to take on inexperienced school leavers, in time they will be the only ones who can find work, apart from professionals.

‘If we gave employers £1,500 as a cash subsidy to take on a 16-year-old, they might take on a 16-year-old with lack of work experience and sometimes poor qualifications rather than a migrant worker or a mature worker who has got those skills.

Denying opportunities to "mature workers" is age discrimination.