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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Post Branch Network, Austria: a comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Austrian Post AG is a government-run mail service with a total of 25,000 employees. In 1999, in preparation for market liberalisation, it changed from being a public company to a joint stock company, open to private partnership. Telecommunications and passenger traffic became individual enterprises, and the rest of the Post AG was organised into five operational fields.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Post and telecommunications

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial

Viennese Hospital Association, Austria Training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   The Viennese Hospital Association (Wiener Krankenanstaltenverbund (KAV)) is the biggest employer of health staff (medical doctors, nurses, physiotherapists etc) in Vienna, and also one of the largest health institutions in Europe. Of its 32,000 employees, around 13,500 are nurses, female and male, who work with other professionals in KAV hospitals and in geriatric institutions, treating around 400,000 patients annually.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Flexible working practices, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Continental AG, Germany: ergonomics and job design

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Continental Corporation is a worldwide automotive supplier. It has four divisions – Passenger and Light Truck Tyres, Commercial Vehicle Tyres, Automotive Systems and ContiTech. The company manufactures, among other things, tyres for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and bikes, brake systems, and electronic air-suspension systems.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Redeployment

  • Target Groups

    Men, Persons with health problems, Unskilled Manual

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

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

London & Quadrant Housing Trust, United Kingdom: changing attitudes

Ageing workforce
28 October 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 flexible working practices: Verkehrs Aktiengesellschaft (VAG) Nuremberg, Germany

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational profile   Verkehrs Aktiengesellschaft (VAG) is a public transport company, which is 100% owned by the Städtischen Werke Nürnberg (Utilities), whose sole shareholder is the city of Nuremberg. Every day more than 600,000 people travel on VAG buses, underground trains and trams.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

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

Ageing workforce
28 October 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

SCA Laakirchen, Austria: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   SCA Laakirchen is part of the Swedish group, SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, a multinational paper and paperboard manufacturer. Acquired by the SCA group over 15 years ago, SCA Laakirchen makes superior quality, high-grade papers by highly automated means.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Pulp and paper

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

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

Ageing workforce
28 October 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 October 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

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