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Win for single mums, older workers

Employment minister Kate Ellis said matured aged workers who lose their job take on average, up to 31 weeks more to find employment than the average job seeker.
Employment minister Kate Ellis said matured aged workers who lose their job take on average, up to 31 weeks more to find employment than the average job seeker. © iStockphoto.com/YinYang

SINGLE mums and mature aged workers have been targeted in a new string of employment incentives.

As of January 2013 mature job seekers who return to work will get a $500 cash bonus to buy uniforms and equipment while their employer will pocket $1000 for taking them on.

Employment minister Kate Ellis said matured aged workers who lose their job take on average, up to 31 weeks more to find employment than the average job seeker.

"We cannot afford the skills and experience of older Australians not to be part of our future workforce," Ms Ellis said.

Working parents will also be offered more child care assistance. In the next four years $225.1million will be handed out to parents who return to work.

Ms Ellis said the incentive was directed towards single mums who when starting a job after having a child, were often entering the workforce for the first time.

Topics:  employment federal budget 2012 jobs job seekers



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