Critical Topics in Research and Policy
Edited by Philip Taylor
Chapter 9: Redesign of workplaces for an ageing society
In most industrialized countries the workforce is being asked to work longer. This is for several reasons. Improving life expectancy raises the question of how to cover the costs of pension and healthcare systems. Working careers, which are ending in many countries close to 60 years of age, do not provide a sustainable financial base for the increasing needs of services. Can we afford to grow older? The wealth of our ageing societies will come through higher rates of labour force participation among older people. The employment rates of older workers (55–64 years) were highest in Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Japan, where about 68–86 per cent of the oldest age group participated in the labour market in 2007 (OECD, 2007). In the European Union, large differences exist in participation rates of older workers between the member states: Sweden showing the highest (73.0 per cent) and Poland one of the lowest (31.8 per cent) rates in 2007.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.