This brief paper presents employment patterns and trends of older people across EU Member States and identifies policy initiatives that would encourage more flexible and later retirement. The descriptive empirical evidence (from the EU Labour Force Survey) indicates that there are a broad range of experiences in EU countries with respect to the employment of older workers (those aged 50 and over).
Research into “What does ‘career’ mean to people in their 60th year?”
Australia is facing major demographic challenges fueled by low workforce participation rates and the exit of the baby boomers from the workforce. Universities are likely to face the same workforce challenges. However, they may be in a better position than mainstream businesses due to the skills required, the flexibility of hours, and the nature and casualization of the workforce.
The International Longevity Centre-UK is the leading think tank on longevity and demographic change. It is an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change. We develop ideas, undertake research and create a forum for debate.
Working with The International Longevity Centre, The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) and Business In The Community have embarked on a campaign to tackle this issue and have launched the first of three reports looking at the economic barriers facing the over 50s: The missing million: illuminating the employment challenges of the over 50s.