9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Older People in Employment Building II, C5.07

Quality of employment for older workers in Europe

Quality of employment for older workers in Europe

The demographic pressure and the sustainability of the social protection systems put the increase of older workers employment at the top of the EU political agenda. Recent data point out that the employment increase of the 55-64 age group has been one of the most dynamic aspects of the EU labour market, rising 7.8 percent from 2000 to 2007. However, there is a great ignorance about the quality of jobs held by this age group. The early retirements are often underpinned by a speech holding older workers culpable for not being able to adapt to technological and organizational changes. The strong asymmetries in the employment rates among European countries refute such simplistic explanations suggesting, rather, the importance of the different national approaches to active ageing. This paper has a purpose to explore these questions analysing some of the dimensions of the job quality of the older workers, using results of the fourth European Working Conditions survey carried out by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in 2005, in 31 European countries. The results show that there are great differences between countries. These differences are closely related with the specificity of national institutions and social models.