While a recent job advertisement placed in a Swiss newspaper is not specific on gender, it makes it very clear that it doesn’t want anyone over the age of 50, or under the age of 25. The advertisement was placed by an organisation called Bureau des Métiers in Sion. The offending advert is also on the company’s website and can be viewed here.
According to 20 Minutes, who published the story, the practice is not illegal. Legal or not, some local politicians are upset. Barbara Lanthemann, president of the Socialist Party in Valais described the advert as clumsy and clearly discriminatory towards people over 50 – she doesn’t mention under 25s.
Those over 50 are unemployed for longer than others. In March 2017, 26.8% of unemployed in the this age group had been without work for more than a year, compared to 2.3% of those between 15 and 24 and 14.1% of those aged 25 to 49.
Jeanny Morard, the regional secretary of the union Unia was not happy either. He said when a professional association advertises an age restriction it sends the message that those over 50 are no longer useful. And at the same time time they call for a retirement age of 67.
Gabriel Décaillet, a director at Bureau des Métiers. said he was against all discrimination and that he wouldn’t prevent anyone over 50 applying, however a younger person with the same abilities would be preferred.
Should some of the company’s board of directors be concerned? From the photographs it would appear that some might be outside this magic age range.