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You've got me, mmrnhrm. Yes, making space for the up and coming who want promotions and pay increases to go with their increased responsibility is a common excuse for offering packages to senior level employees.

I've posted this many times before, but perhaps its been a while.

Most entry level professionals arrive on the job their first day with much to learn. In a sense they are trainees. Over time they gain experience. At 10 yrs most have enough experience to handle almost anything that comes along. But then you have those 20 and 30 yr people out there. They tend to be at the top of the salary scale. And hence, management sees that it can unload the expensive seniors and hire entry level people to work under supervision.

The obvious solution is lay off the senior, promote the 10 yr person and allow him/her to hire an entry level person to train. Saves $$. Costs the company depth of experience. But usually gets the job done.

But do seniors who work part time really count as employees. And are they better than an empty slot that fails to attract candidates.

How about the newly promoted 10 yr person who finds himself/herself short handed and trying to cover emergencies on his own. Maybe he will decide to install robots instead.
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