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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London & Quadrant Housing Trust, United Kingdom: changing attitudes

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • United Kingdom
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   London & Quadrant Housing Trust is a non-profit housing organisation, which has been in operation for the past 40 years. It provides housing and community services to the most vulnerable social groups, such as low-income families, homeless people, young adults learning to live independently for the first time, people with disabilities and older people. It is the largest housing association in London, employing around 900 staff, 68% of whom are women, ranging in age from 16 to 70 years.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual

Case study on training and development: API Raffinera di Ancona Spa, Italy

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   API Refinery of Ancona Corporation refines raw materials to produce petroleum products. The refinery was established in 1950 and belongs to API Holding Corporation. Located in Ancona, it is 99% controlled by API (Anonima Petroli Italiana Corporation). Its sales for 2004 were €165 million.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Energy

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

Case study on a comprehensive approach: Färs and Frosta Sparbank, Sweden

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Färs and Frosta Sparbank was founded in 1989 and transformed into a public limited company (PLC) in 1999. The company is located in the south of Sweden and is 70% owned by the Färs and Frosta Sparbank foundation and 30% by FöreningsSparbanken. It has been independent since 1998, although it has a cooperation contract with FöreningsSparbanken. With 132,000 customers and 19 branches in eight communities, it is the largest independent savings bank in Sweden.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

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

  • Target Groups

    Men, Skilled Manual, Women

DSM, Netherlands: A comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 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

Case study on a comprehensive approach: Hazenberg Bouw BV, the Netherlands

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Netherlands
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Hazenberg Bouw, one of about 120 construction companies that make up TBI Holding, is situated in Vught, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. It consists of three units, all in the construction sector: Hazenberg (utility construction), Nico de Bont (restoration) and Van der Laar (housing construction). Hazenberg is the largest of these three units and employs mostly carpenters. The company functions as a contractor, employing a fixed workforce of about 200 workers and contracting additional workers as projects demand.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Construction and woodworking

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Men, Skilled Manual

Unicredit Produzioni Accentrate Spa, Italy: Redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Set up in 1999, Unicredit Produzioni Accentrate (UPA) provides administrative and accounting services to the banks and companies of the Unicredit Group, a bank group created by the merger of seven Italian banks. UPA’s core business covers all aspects of the back-office operations.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

Sanatmetal, Hungary: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Hungary
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Sanatmetal has initiated a comprehensive plan to reward and retain older employees. Due to the specialised nature of its products, the long experience, skill and knowledge of older workers are essential and highly valued, resulting in a high average age of employees.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

SBB Services, Belgium: flexible work practices

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Belgium
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   In 1969, SBB (then called the Fiscal Service) was founded within the Boerenbond farmers’ union group. In 2000, SBB’s services – with the exception of its accountancy services – were merged with VKW services to form a new group, ACERTA. Within the former group, SBB accounting had become one of the biggest accountancy firms in the country and this division of the company continued to work autonomously under the name SBB.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Consultancy business services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Exit Policy

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Erste Bank, Austria: a comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Erste Bank is central Europe's largest and most prosperous bank. It was formed in 1997, following a merger between GiroCredit and the Erste österreichische Spar-Casse (EÖSC), along with several other smaller banking institutions. As part of the merger, all GiroCredit employees were taken on and staff from the human resources management (HRM) department were assigned leading positions in the new corporate structure. The merger was deemed a cultural, structural and international success.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Proviron, Belgium: redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 Ottobre 2009
  • Belgium
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Proviron NV was established by the Michiels family in 1977 in Ostend. The company manufactures and develops products and processes designed to improve the environment. In 1983, Proviron established its own process plants and was renamed Proviron Industries. Today, Proviron specialises in custom manufacturing, whereby chemical processes are used in an environmentally-friendly way.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

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