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Hi, we are aware that the statutory retirement age has been abolished but we did not believe that this also applied to new employment.
We don't employ candidates directly as we are an employment agency and not an employment business. We act as a go between between candidates and families who are looking for live-in nannies. Our age bracket is 18-65 as families are looking for candidates who can be active, go skiing with the children, climb trees, go wind surfing, play football etc. For us it would not be a problem to accept over 65's but there would be no demand for them. Can we set a limit to retirement age of 65 or do we have to accept all candidates whatever their age even if the are 80 year old and then leave it to our clients to make a final decision on the candidate? As the candidates are live-in we believed that there is some regulation that does not apply to live-in staff? We have received an application from a 70 year old candidate looking for a live-in nanny position and know we will not be able to find her a position as all our clients lead a very active lifestyle and want the candidates to do lots of different sporting activities with their children. The clients are overseas based.
Thanks for your assitance.