Ageing and Employment Policies: Norway 2013

Working Better with Age

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This report provides an overview of the substantial ageing and employment policy initiatives already implemented in Norway over the past decade and identifies areas where more should be done, covering both supply-side and demand-side aspects.

To give better incentives to carry on working, the report recommends further reforms in the second-pillar pension schemes, particularly for public sector employees. On the side of employers, it is important to progress towards more age-neutral hiring decisions and to review of age limits for mandatory retirement.

To improve the employability of older workers, the focus should be to promote job-related training with a particular focus on mid-career workers and to encourage initiatives based on a full-time culture and good working conditions for all.



Assessment and recommendations

As is the case with other OECD countries, Norway’s population is ageing. In line with the OECD average, the proportion of the population aged 65 and over is projected to increase from around 30% of the population aged 20-64 in 2011 to around 60% by 2050. Nevertheless, the labour force is expected to continue to grow until 2060, since the population projections from Statistics Norway assume net immigration rates and birth rates above the OECD averages.


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