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18-08-2014 21:27 #1
Are employers allowed to advertise for juniors?
18-08-2014 21:48 #2
It's not age discrimination if the term "junior" is used not about age but about hierarchy within a company. E.g "this position is entry level" or "this position is a junior level" indicates a level, not an age.
Also I don't think it's age discrimination to stipulate that the wages offered will be "junior" - indicating suitable for someone under the age of 21.
But... once someone is employed, they can't be legitimately sacked because they reach the age of being paid at regular wages and no longer a junior.
My two cents - greater minds than mine might know more!
18-08-2014 21:52 #3
Just so I'm not confused said company advertises for 15-17yr olds
18-08-2014 21:53 #4
Yes - but I think it depends on the industry - if there are pay rates for juniors or people under 21 ( like us in real estate ) then you are allowed to advertise for a specific age - whenever we have needed someone straight from school we advertise for a junior position mainly it's a very basic job and no formal skills needed as such and then we train them up and they go on to other roles
18-08-2014 21:55 #5
18-08-2014 22:01 #6
I'm with @Elijahs Mum some industries and awards have wage sections specifically for juniors. In that case it's ok. I think retail might be like this from memory.
Fairwork australia would be your best bet for absolute certainty i think
18-08-2014 22:28 #7
Thanks it is retail, a local store advertises regularly for them and a friend wanted to apply but got told she was too old. Cant help but think if they employed someone a bit more mature than they would have a lower staff turnover. Also frustrated for my friend who just wants a job.
18-08-2014 22:31 #8
absolutely. i think sometimes employers consider the immediate impact of employees - like how much they have to pay them each week right now when they might be better off if they considered the long term impact that might include less turnover, more mature approach to the workplace, less training costs etc of employing someone older. I don't know. Probably pros and cons for each.
19-08-2014 05:40 #9
They can advertise for a junior but cannot specify age. Being told you're too old for a role is age discrimination.
Take a pic of the advert and contact Fair Work!
19-08-2014 06:28 #10
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