Olivia Parker
Sep 11, 2017

"When people get older, we tend to push them out"

The industry’s obsession with youth is as pronounced in Asia-Pacific as anywhere, and it’s doing everyone a disservice.

Age discrimination remains a rarely raised issue in the industry

The position described to recruiter Jacqui Barratt sounded intriguing a blossoming Southeast Asian ecommerce startup, with lots of opportunity and excitement. But there was a catch. “Just so you know’, the company said, 'we can’t have anyone over 32’” recalls Barratt. “The CEO was 35, they said, so they thought that would be better.” When she pointed out that diversityincluding age groupshas been proven to boost profitability, they burst out laughing.

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