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  • Stricter sick leave rules results in insurance savings

    Hungary’s National Health Insurance Fund (OEP) managed to achieve a positive budget balance in 2008, according to recent findings. The savings are thought to be linked to the first stage of a health reform in early 2007, introducing stricter rules for sick leave and the supervision and review of...
  • Working environment shown to play role in early retirement

    A recent study confirms that the working environment plays a substantial role in the take-up of early retirement. The study, which examines the relations between working environment factors and early retirement, also uncovers considerable gender differences regarding the impact of working...
  • Fostering employment of older engineers in manufacturing sector

    Many manufacturing companies are boosting the employment of older engineers in order to overcome skilled labour shortages in engineering, according to a study by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research. Companies are deliberately hiring older engineers, offering incentives to remain in...
  • Significant increase in labour market participation of older workers

    In May 2009, the trade union research institute, Fundación 1º de Mayo, issued a study on the labour market participation rate of people aged 55–64 years and their career paths. It shows that the activity and employment rates of this population group have increased significantly in the past 10 years...
  • More part-time work and lower job quality among older workers

    Statistics Estonia and the Office of the Minister for Population and Ethnic Affairs have published two studies investigating employment among older people. The studies outlined and analysed the reasons for retirement, the different employment patterns of older persons and job satisfaction among...
  • Company attitudes towards employing older workers

    A 2006 survey conducted by the University of National and World Economy among human resource managers examined the attitudes and stereotypes associated with the employment of older workers. The respondents mainly valued the loyalty and experience of older workers; however, they were critical of...
  • Employment initiatives for an ageing workforce

    Policy attention and reference to ageing of the workforce has increased markedly in the last decade. At EU level concerns about the sustainability of pensions, economic growth and the future labour supply have stimulated a range of policy processes and recommendations to support the goals of longer...
  • Employers’ expectations regarding recent graduates

    A study was recently conducted exploring employers’ expectations in relation to recent graduates. The study focused on the types of soft skills that employers look for from young workers, beyond professional knowledge and competence. It found that employers have similar expectations of recent...
  • Company practices in promoting active ageing

    Continuing vocational training is regarded, along with the adaptation of working conditions, as one of the main ways of ensuring active ageing. It prevents the deskilling of ageing workers and helps to maintain their employability, which is vital for keeping such workers in work. These are the...
  • Expectations about working capacity at age 60

    One out of three workers do not feel that they will be able to do their current job when they reach 60 years of age. Women more frequently express this concern, as do retail and service workers, and those in blue-collar jobs. Such workers are also more exposed to painful and tiring positions,...

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