Equality is needed for older employees too
01/06/2009 1:10 pm
As a redundant 50 plus job hunter I have now had almost 30 interviews without sucess. I have a postgraduate management qualification and had a long career in development & regeneration. The only thing that has changed about my employment profile is my age. Is this sheer co-incidence or are some housing organisations covertly favouring younger candidates. Anybody else out there experiencing the same?
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01/06/2009 1:29 pm
I'm having the same problem down here in London looking on Websites seeing in some cases over 2,000.00 upto 5,000.00 apply for the one job or looking at the job. I've been out of work nearly a year now all you get from the Job Centre is New Starters not interested in the older people and tell me if I get a job I will have to take minimum wages if I do not then all Benefit's stopped. Also telling me to phone the company well telling them in nearly all cases no call number and when you do in so many words told to go away we will be in contact.
I do not wish to make you feel worst but like me chin up Mate?
03/06/2009 4:15 pm
This is an interesting subject and one which I cannot answer in detail without seeing your CV.
However my experience is that, as employers, Housing Organisations (both local authorities and housing associations) are very aware of the legislative framework about age discrimination and have taken a number of steps to address this.
I would hope that you are not asked your date of birth on the application form. Nor should you be required to provide the dates that you attended school/university since it is too easy to calculate age from this information.
From your question, I would assume that you are successful at being shortlisted but then are not appointed. I would suggest that in your field experience is important so would be surprised if age is a primary consideration for your lack of success. Certainly in terms of the profile of staff we appoint at senior levels, a significant number are over 50. Associations may, more widely, be looking at the age distribution of their staff and may, if a number of the team members are over 50, be looking to address this in recruitment – but the reverse is also true.
The market for posts in development and regeneration has changed significantly over the last twelve months and there are considerably more candidates chasing every post. Hence employers have much more choice about which candidate they wish to appoint and this may be affecting your chances. It is sad when posts are being advertised to see how many applicants we now receive from housebuilders, architects and private developers – a totally different picture from early 1998 when talented staff where moving into the private sector. The longer that you are out of a post will, unfortunately, also affect how potential employers may view you.
Going forward It is important that you ask for feedback from each interview to test whether there is a consistent issue which you need to address. It may be beneficial to have some professional training at interviews to see if there are any tips you can pick up or whether the number of interviews you have attended has influenced how you present yourself. Another option would be to explore the interim market to get a foot in the door and to use this as a base to move into a permanent position. With interim managers, it is even more important that people already have extensive experience are ready to perform.
09/06/2009 4:01 pm
Have you tried applying for any posts in Local Authorities there approach to recruitment usually ensure candidates age is not know to the panel which should mean you are less likely to be discriminated at this stage. If you are getting interviews but not job offers then you need to try and get some detailed feedback. Which questions did you not answer well? What answer were the panel looking for? Did your experience and enthusiasm come over if not can they suggest how you might better do this? Interviews are a lot about presentation and confidence which is hard to maintain if you have a number of knock backs. The best way to improve confidence is to focus on your successes and as an experience candidate you will have a lot more of them.
26/06/2012 5:58 pm
SURETHING AS A 66
COUNCILLOR FULBROOK DECRIES THE SALE OF COUNCIL HOUSING YET HIS COLLEAGUES IN CAMDEN ARE USING THE "ESSENTIAL STAFF EXCUSE TO PROVIDE
COUNCIL HOUSING TO EMPLOYEES WHO STAY FOR 2 YEARS, QUALIFY FOR RTB
GET THE FLAT AT KNOCK DOWN PRICE
GET THE ROOF RENEWED BY THE COUNCIL AND THEN SELL FOR £400,OOO
HOW MANY TIMES HAS THIS HAPPENED ?