EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Ageing workforce

The retention of older workers in employment is an important objective not only of labour market policies but also for social protection budgets. The Foundation has gathered and analysed cases of good practice in age management, designed to improve job opportunities and working conditions for older workers. Each case study describes how the organisation approached the issue and what the results were in the medium to long term.

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Bekaert, Belgium: redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • Belgium
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Bekaert NV is a global company, which has its headquarters in Zwevegem. The company is active in three core areas: advanced metal transformation; advanced wire products and fencing systems; and advanced materials and coatings. Bekaert Belgium employs approximately 3,000 people, including 8% of women employees. About 7% of employees work part time. The average length of time worked by employees within the company is 21 years. As staff turnover is low, the average age of employees is relatively high at 42 years.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Elmhults Konstruktions AB, Sweden: recruitment and health and well-being

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Elmhults Konstruktions AB is a family owned manufacturing company, located in Älmhult – a small town in southeast Sweden. Founded in 1974, the company manufactures truck and crane spreaders that handle containers and swap bodies and trailers. The company is headed by a managing director, who is supported by purchasing managers, production managers and marketing directors.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Health and well-being, Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Unskilled Manual

ZF Marine, Italy: Changing attitudes, recruitment, development, flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   ZF is a German multinational company controlled by the municipality of Friedichshafen through a foundation. It produces engine transmission systems in Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, the US and China. Its biggest factory is ZF Marine in Padua, which makes propulsion systems for powerboats.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, development, etc, Flexible working practices, Recruitment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

DSM, Netherlands: A comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • Netherlands
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   DSM is a large chemicals company based in the south of the Netherlands. It is mainly an industrial company producing bulk chemicals. The company is the private successor of the former public Dutch State Mines and operates internationally. The Dutch unit, DSM Limburg BV, is situated in Geleen and, at the end of 2003, employed 5,083 workers, 83% of whom are male. Female employees mostly work in staff, administrative and supporting functions, and are under-represented in the workforce at the industrial sites.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

Oil company, United Kingdom: training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • United Kingdom
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   This oil company is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production worldwide, as well as in refining, marketing and transportation of petroleum products in the UK. Its headquarters are in Texas, USA, and its European operations are based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Extractive industries

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Ruoka-Saarioinen Oy, Finland: comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • Finland
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Ruoka-Saarioinen Oy in Sahalahti is a privately owned Finnish food factory and broiler production plant, which was founded in 1954. The company, one of the Saarioinen Group’s eight subsidiaries, was incorporated in 1992. The parent company’s board of directors and Ruoka-Saarioinen's own board and management group direct the operations of its nine departments.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Food beverage and tobacco

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, Ergonomics/job design, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Men, Other non-manual, Persons with health problems, Skilled Manual, Women

International Business Machines (IBM) Italia, Italy Changing attitudes

Ageing workforce
28 Oktober 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background  
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Consultancy business services, Information technology

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, development, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

TV2/NORD, Denmark: Changing attitudes, development and flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
24 September 2007
  • Denmark
  • Organisation Size

    Small

  Retention of senior employees   A senior policy has been developed at TV2/NORD to ensure that senior employees have good working conditions
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Publishing and media

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Aalborg University, Denmark: Exit policy and flexible working

Ageing workforce
30 August 2007
  • Denmark
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Reduced working hours and other flexible working practices for senior employees   A formal written down senior policy has been made to secure better working arrangements for the senior employees at the university
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Education

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Exit Policy, Flexible working practices, Training, Wage Policy

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial

Municipality of Porto, Portugal: Exit policy

Ageing workforce
24 Juni 2007
  • Portugal
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Municipality of Porto has launched a preventive training programme to prepare employees for their transition to retirement.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Exit Policy

  • Target Groups

    Unskilled Manual

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