Social and welfare issues

Working Better with Age

In series:Ageing and Employment Policiesview more titles

Published on August 30, 2019

People today are living longer than ever before, but what is a boon for individuals can be challenging for societies. If nothing is done to change existing work and retirement patterns, the number of older inactive people who will need to be supported by each worker could rise by around 40% between 2018 and 2050 on average in the OECD area. This would put a brake on rising living standards as well as enormous pressure on younger generations who will be financing social protection systems. Improving employment prospects of older workers will be crucial. At the same time, taking a life-course approach will be necessary to avoid accumulation of individual disadvantages over work careers that discourage or prevent work at an older age; What can countries do to help? How can they give older people better work incentives and opportunities? This report provides a synthesis of the main challenges and policy recommendations together with a set of international best practices to foster employability, labour demand and incentives to work at an older age.


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Overview: More and better opportunities to work at an older age
The challenge of ageing
Strengthening incentives to build up longer careers
Encouraging employers to retain and hire older workers
Promoting employability throughout working lives
Infographics6 chapters available
The OECD policy agenda for better work choices and opportunities at an older age (Infographic)
Population ageing (Infographic)
Stronger incentives needed to build up longer careers (Infographic)
Ensuring better employment opportunities for older workers (Infographic)
Innovative examples of age management approaches (Infographic)
Employability throughout working lives (Infographic)
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The OECD policy agenda for better work choices and opportunities at an older age

The OECD Council recommendation on Ageing and Employment adopted in 2015 puts forward an age-friendly agenda in three broad policy areas to promote employment at an older age.

  1. improving incentives to work at an older age
  2. tackling employer barriers to hiring and retaining older workers
  3. improving the employability of older people through a lifecycle approach

 Ageing Circle -Synthesis report