As the Federal Government gets set to announce in the Budget today $10,000 incentives to businesses to employ older workers (source: Daily Telegraph), online outsourcing site Airtasker can report that older workers are being snapped up like hot property on its platform.
Airtasker (www.airtasker.com), the online service used by tens of thousands of time poor Australian individuals and businesses to outsource odd jobs around the home and office, has found that while older workers are excluded from many traditional workplaces, their skills and experience are being snapped up daily across the country on Airtasker.
One such worker is Rod Armstrong (pictured), 60, a former Silicon Valley software engineer for 30 years who struggled to get a job as he got older. “Once they saw my age, that was it,” he told The Australian in a story published today (source). Now one of the most successful Airtasker workers, he earns about $800 a week doing Airtasker jobs ranging from handyman work in a bondage and discipline house to installing an iPod connection on a 1933 valve radio.
Age discrimination costs the Australian economy about $11 billion a year, according to the Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan.
“At Airtasker we are trying to pioneer a new way to work where people of all ages are valued for the skills and experience they offer,” said Airtasker co-founder and CEO, Tim Fung.
Recent research by Swinburne University (source) found that “‘Seniorpreneurs’ are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurship, and considered by experts and researchers as the next boom.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Tim Fung 0413 030 939
CASE STUDY: Rod Armstrong 0435 921 134 (other case studies available)
Airtasker is a trusted community marketplace for people to outsource tasks, find local services or complete flexible jobs to earn money – online or via mobile. Launched in February 2012 as one of the pioneers of the “collaborative consumption” movement in Australia, Airtasker is the creation of web entrepreneurs Tim Fung and Jonathan Lui. Airtasker has been growing rapidly (doubling their task volumes in the first quarter of 2014) and are now processing over $3.5M in annualised task volume. The Airtasker community has also grown to 120,000 registered community members.