Do Layoffs Target Older Workers?

HP is yet another tech company to eliminate thousands of jobs

7 September 2012
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Hewlett-Packard recently announced it will eliminate 27 000 jobs, layoffs that the company’s chief executive, Meg Whitman, claims are “absolutely critical for the long-term health of the company.” This year Yahoo laid off 2000 employees, and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion announced that it would make “significant spending reductions and head-count reductions.”

 A recent opinion piece on CNN.com by Norman Matloff, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Davis, said engineers over 35 will have a hard time finding new jobs. He noted that a lot of HP’s current job listings include the terms “intern,” “recent graduate,” or “postdoc.”

Are companies using layoffs to get rid of older engineers? Do you think older engineers now have a harder time finding jobs than recent graduates?

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