Do European employers support later retirement?

H.P. van Dalen, K. Henkens, W. Hendrikse, J.J. Schippers

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Purpose – This paper aims to examine whether employers’ opinions and expectations regarding workers’ retirement age are in line with the ideas of the EU-Member States’ governments to increase the participation of older workers and to postpone the transition from paid work into retirement at the end of the labour market career.

Design/methodology/approach – A comparative survey was used among employers from five European countries: Greece, Hungary, Spain, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Findings – The authors found that most employers are reluctant in supporting later retirement. Part of this reluctance is the result of the perception that an ageing work force is a burden rather than a boom to organizations.

Originality/value – This study shows that there still is a discrepancy between the aims formulated at the level of the European Union and member state countries with respect to stimulating the labour force participation of older workers and the attitudes of individual employers. In particular, the fact that employers perceive alternative solutions to the challenges of an ageing and shrinking workforce, other than delaying retirement, suggests that most employers will not be a major driving force for extending the working life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-373
JournalInternational Journal of Manpower
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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