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    Default Are employers allowed to advertise for juniors?

    As in teenagers and refuse to employ people based on age.

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    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!

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    Just so I'm not confused said company advertises for 15-17yr olds

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    Just so I'm not confused said company advertises for 15-17yr olds
    Legally - I think - if they have award wages for that specific age then they are allowed - but they can't sack you when you turn 18!

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    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!
    Wow, really?

    A retail store had a junior position advertised and I took my resume in, they saw my age (18) and told me I was too old.


 

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