Wanted: old HR teams to learn new age-neutral tricks

Older workers are frequently discriminated against in job adverts, according to a new report from the Dutch human rights council. It claims that 40,000 to 60,000 job adverts that it studied discriminated against older people by specifying things like wanting ‘a starter’, ‘a student’, 'young hound' or even ‘people from 18 to 35’. ‘Age discrimination is a problem that has a big impact on older people seeking work, and it begins with job adverts,’ it notes. The organisation looked at 1.8 million recent adverts to investigate the ways older job seekers might be excluded from even applying. Last year, 60% of the long-term unemployed were over 45. It is, however, illegal for employers to discriminate against people because of their age, directly or indirectly.  More >

30-year-olds earn less than their parents

More than half of people in their 30s are earning less than their parents at the same age - the first time the younger generation has slipped back in decades, according to researchers at Tilburg University and the social affairs ministry. In particular, people in the lowest income brackets are struggling to climb the social ladder, the research shows. The researcher compared the salaries of 35-year-olds today with their parents when they were that age and corrected the results for inflation. The results showed that in 2015, 49% of today's 35-year-olds were better off than their parents had been, compared with 54% in 2005. This is the first time since WWII that the new generation has been in a worse financial position than their parents, researcher Daniel van Vuuren said. The rise of short-term and temporary contracts and the surge in self-employment is further reducing job security and the platform economy will have an increasingly important role, Van Vuuren said. 'Companies are demanding increasingly flexibility from youngsters against less social protection,' he said.   More >

Fewer maternity nurses: family on standby

Fewer people are opting for a job in maternity care, resulting in families with young babies having to share the services of a maternity nurse or relying on family members to help out, the Volkskrant reported on Friday.. A ten-day period of maternity care is part of the basic insurance package in the Netherlands. The shortage means that instead of six hours a day, new parents may only have a maternity nurse helping out for three hours a day. The problem is particularly pressing in the Randstad and Brabant, the paper found. There are no figures to pinpoint the exact size of the problem but a survey among maternity care workers by the association of maternity nurses earlier this summer showed one in five wanted to leave the profession. The lack of a balance between home life and work was cited as a reason as was the fact they are not compensated for extra hours, travel time and administrative tasks.   More >