Dealing with an Ageing Labour Force: What Do European Employers Expect and Do?

NiDi Report, No. 73, 2006

63 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2008

See all articles by Hendrik P. van Dalen

Hendrik P. van Dalen

Tilburg University, CentER; Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

Kene Henkens

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute

Wilma Henderikse

VanDoorneHuiskes

Joop Schippers

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Abstract

This study examines employers' behaviours and attitudes regarding the ageing of the population and the labour market in four different countries: the United Kingdom, Spain, Greece and the Netherlands. Four questions are addressed: to what extent is there a sense of urgency among employers regarding the ageing of the population and its consequences? What do employers see as the possible implications of an ageing workforce for their organisations and what organisational policies are implemented? Which policy measures are currently implemented or considered in organisations in response to labour supply shortages? And which policies do employers prefer with regard to preventing a shrinking labour force? The results show large differences between the four countries, not only with respect to the degree of ageing, but also with respect to employers' responses. Only the United Kingdom seems more or less fit to face the challenge of an ageing labour force.

Keywords: ageing, labour force, employers,

JEL Classification: D21, J21, M5

Suggested Citation

van Dalen, Hendrik P. and Henkens, Kene and Henderikse, Wilma and Schippers, Joop, Dealing with an Ageing Labour Force: What Do European Employers Expect and Do?. NiDi Report, No. 73, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1106139

Hendrik P. Van Dalen (Contact Author)

Tilburg University, CentER ( email )

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Kene Henkens

Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute ( email )

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The Hague NL-2502 AR
Netherlands
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Wilma Henderikse

VanDoorneHuiskes ( email )

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3581 RA Utrecht
Netherlands
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Joop Schippers

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

Kriekenpitplein 21-22
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Utrecht, +31 30 253 7373 3584 EC
Netherlands

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