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“When we recommend candidates over 45 years, we are told that they do not fit the organizational culture”
Only 43% of Romanian residents aged between 55 and 64 years have the status of a person “occupied”, this share being significantly lower than in the states of northern or western Europe, according to data centralized by ZF based on the information from Eurostat.
Thus, in Sweden 72% of the elderly population have an occupation, in Germany the figure is almost 66% and the average level of EU states is about 52%. Why fail to engage the Romania seniors?
(…) The lack of dynamism and the fact that they are quite inflexible in terms of activity in the workplace are the main reasons why companies refuse by older candidates, so many companies do not yet realize the experience in this category, said Raluca Parvu, business manager at consulting company in human resources management BPI Group.
Raluca Penes, HR Coordinator of Smartree Romania, company of outsourcing HR services shares the same opinion, admitting that the low number of elderly employees is caused, on one hand, by the inflexibility of the candidates aged between 55 and 64 years, who do not adapt in areas where they have not previously activated and also do not make a proffesional reconversion. On the other hand, there is a retainer from companies to recruit them.
“Discrimination by age in employment is a frequent phenomenon in the labor market, and the arguments of employers are, generally, the adapting difficulties, the reserve in learning new skills and the low productivity of people over 55 years,” said Raluca Penes from Smartree.
On the other hand, recruiters say the jobs available today require skills that some of the elderly population does not have.