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Ageing and the Public Service

Human Resource Challenges

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Government workforces are ageing even more rapidly than the rest of society. This raises specific challenges and opportunities. An ageing public service increases fiscal burdens while decreasing immediate capacities to deliver services. In the long run, however, it also offers a strategic opportunity to downsize the public sector workforce if necessary and to change employment conditions and the management of government employees where this is deemed reasonable. This book reviews the experience of 9 OECD member countries in this field. It presents some conclusions on strategies that countries could implement in order to adjust their human resource policies to the wider ageing challenge. 

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Ageing and the Public Service in Germany

As in many of the OECD member countries studied, Germany is experiencing a profound structural demographic shift, characterized by a growing proportion of elderly and a decreasing proportion of young people in the population, as well as certain national demographic specificities. These demographic changes are going to have a pronounced impact on the German public service as well as on private industry

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