The EU’s population and workforce are ageing. This has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. A new report shows how information from four agencies, including Cedefop, can support policy-making that is both complementary and greater than the sum of its parts.
The European workforce is getting older. By 2060 there will be only two people of working age (15-64 years) in the European Union for every person aged over 65 years, compared to four to one today. Many EU countries, in response are increasing retirement ages.
Attitudes toward what used to be called “the demographic time bomb” are improving: Europe’s ageing workforce is increasingly seen as a factor of growth and innovation. Yet while employers are fully aware that the workforce is ageing, they do little to prepare for this change, and certainly not enough to make the best of it.
The European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations kicked off in Copenhagen earlier this month. The conference was organised by the Danish Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and Ministry for Health with support from the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion).
Active ageing is about getting more out of life as you grow older - at work, private life or in the community. Cedefop studies how guidance and training can encourage older people to stay on at work - and how the workplace can make the best use of their skills and experience. It is presenting its findings at the Danish Presidency conference launching the Year of Active Ageing on 18-19 January.