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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.

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Encouraging employers in Norway to hire and retain older workers

Older peoples’ opportunities for remaining in the labour force are largely determined by employers. In general, hiring and firing decisions with respect to older people depend on employers’ perceptions about the adaptability and productivity of older workers, and on wages and other labour costs compared with what they have to pay for younger workers. These decisions are also affected by employment protection legislation and other labour laws. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of measures taken, or that could be taken, to promote age diversity at the workplace; the evidence regarding senior wages, costs and productivity; and measures to protect employment opportunities rather than jobs.

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