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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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The labour market situation for older workers in Norway

Norway is one of the few OECD countries where labour force participation rates remain relatively high up to the age of 62. This is particularly notable for men, but Norwegian females also manage to have relatively high participation rates beyond the age of 60. Growth over the past decade was, however, lower than in most other OECD countries. This chapter sets the scene by examining developments in the labour market situation of older people in the wake of recent reforms in ageing and employment policies.

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