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Hire on merit not age


TAFEP was alerted to a job advertisement of a popular fast food outlet that specified job applicants should be between 19 to 30 years of age. When approached, the firm explained to TAFEP that their needs were for a “trainee manager”. The employer was concerned that older candidates would be over-qualified for this relatively junior position.

After discussing with TAFEP, the employer realised it made more sense to assess candidates based on their ability and willingness to do the actual work, rather than using the candidate’s age as a proxy for suitability.

TAFEP also highlighted that the turnover among those hired when they were older may be lower than that of some of the younger new hires. The firm agreed to change the job ad and their selection criteria in line with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.