Ageing and Employment Policies: France 2014

Working Better with Age

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People today are living longer than ever before, while birth rates are dropping in the majority of OECD countries. In such demographics, public social expenditures require to be adequate and sustainable in the long term. Older workers play a crucial role in the labour market. Now that legal retirement ages are rising, older workers will work longer and employers will have to retain them. But those older workers who have lost their job have experienced long term-unemployment and low probabilities to return to work. What can countries do to help? How can they give older people better work incentives and opportunities? How can they promote age diversity in firms? This report offers analysis and assessment on what the best policies are for fostering employability, job mobility and labour demand at an older age in France.

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Assessment and recommendations

Between 2008 and 2011, only 55% of older workers moved directly from employment to retirement in France. The others experienced often-lengthy spells of unemployment at the end of their working life. Consequently, France ranks near the low end among OECD countries in terms of the effective labour force exit age. In 2012, it was estimated at 59.7 years for men and 60.0 years for women, compared with 64.2 years and 63.3 years respectively for the OECD as a whole.

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