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Why you can’t underestimate the value of hiring older workers

Australia’s chronic skill shortage has been even more acute since the breakout of Covid-19, and the broken record from businesses across all industries is the lack of skilled workers. In the age of emerging technologies and the rapid rate of change, it is natural for employers to gravitate to the younger (‘techier’) generation. But younger workers are in short supply, shown by the decline in Australia’s birth rate over the last 30 years. Since 1976, Australia’s tota