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Ageing and Employment Policies: Poland 2015

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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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Executive summary

Poland is facing a more pronounced ageing of the population than many other countries. It is therefore encouraging that the employment rate for older workers in Poland increased substantially over the past decade. A number of policy measures are being implemented to support this development. A number of early retirement schemes have been closed, and reforms have been implemented to reduce inflows to the disability scheme. In addition, the statutory retirement age will be raised gradually to 67 for both genders – with the target date of 2020 for men and 2040 for women.

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