Ageing and Employment Policies

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People today are living longer than ever before, while birth rates are dropping in the majority of OECD countries. Such demographics raise the question: are current public social expenditures adequate and sustainable? Older workers play a crucial role in the labour market. Now that legal retirement ages are rising, fewer older workers are retiring early, but at the same time those older workers who have lost their job after the age of 50 have tended to remain in long term unemployment.  What can countries do to help? How can they give older people better work incentives and opportunities? These reports offer analysis and assessment on what the best policies are for fostering employability, job mobility and labour demand at an older age.

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22 Sep 2004
9789264016231 (PDF) ;9789264016217(print)

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This report, part of a series covering around 20 OECD countries, contains a survey of the UK's main barriers to employment for older workers, an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to overcome these barriers, and a set of policy recommendations to further action by public authorities and social partners.  These recommendations are designed to alleviate some of the pension and health care pressures governments are facing because of ageing populations.
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary and Recommendations
Chapter 1. The Challenge Ahead
-The Demographic Realities
-Potential Economic and Social Repercussions
-Key Factor: The Labour Market Behaviour of Older Workers
Chapter 2. The Labour Market Situation of Older Workers
-Older Workers in the Labour Force
-Mobilising Labour Supply: Balancing Flexibility and Hours Worked
-Non-Employment among Older Workers
Chapter 3. Striking the Right Balances: Income Support and Work Incentives for Older People
-An Overview of the Income Security System
-Is the UK's Retirement System Sustainable?
-Impact of Pension and Other Welfare Benefits on Work Incentives
-Conclusions -Towards a Balanced Approach
-Annex 3.A. The UK Pension System
--First Tier: Basic State Pension and the Means-Tested Benefit System
--Second Pillar: Earnings-Related Pensions
--Third Pillar: Additional Forms of Voluntary Savings
Chapter 4. Encouraging Older Workers to Hire and Retain Older Workers
-Allowing Olders Workers to Carry on Working
-Labour Costs
Chapter 5. Strengthening Older Workers' Employability
-Education and Training Levels of Older Workers
-Promoting Employment and Labour Force Participation More Generally
-Alternative Ways of Boosting Labour Supply
-Pushing Ahead with a Comprehensive Package of Measures

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