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Occupations and ageing at work. An analysis of the findings of the fifth European Working Conditions Survey

Occupations and ageing at work. An analysis of the findings of the fifth European Working Conditions Survey

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Published by N R Dewi Nurmayani
This working paper analyzes the data collected by the fifth European Working Conditions Survey done in 2010 to examine how working conditions are changing for different ages and occupation types. It brings insights into the quality of work and employment amongst ageing workers that help to inform the debate on how “sustainable” work is according to one’s age and occupation.

The authors conclude that the wide range of situations and challenges faced by different occupations demand extreme caution as regards policies to extend working life for all older workers without distinction. This diversity must be factored into the arrangements made to deliver European policy goals of increasing the employment rates of older workers and raising the actual age of retirement.

Moreover, the responsibility for improving working and employment conditions in the final career years also falls to employers and calls for innovative human resources management practices.
This working paper analyzes the data collected by the fifth European Working Conditions Survey done in 2010 to examine how working conditions are changing for different ages and occupation types. It brings insights into the quality of work and employment amongst ageing workers that help to inform the debate on how “sustainable” work is according to one’s age and occupation.

The authors conclude that the wide range of situations and challenges faced by different occupations demand extreme caution as regards policies to extend working life for all older workers without distinction. This diversity must be factored into the arrangements made to deliver European policy goals of increasing the employment rates of older workers and raising the actual age of retirement.

Moreover, the responsibility for improving working and employment conditions in the final career years also falls to employers and calls for innovative human resources management practices.

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Published by: N R Dewi Nurmayani on May 06, 2013
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Occupations and ageing at work.
 An analysis of the findingsof the fifth European WorkingConditions Survey
Patricia Vendramin and Gérard Valenduc
Fondation Travail-Université, Namur, Belgium
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Working Paper 2012.09european trade union institute
 
Brussels, 2012© Publisher: ETUI aisbl, BrusselsAll rights reservedPrint HayezD/2012/10.574/38ISSN 1994-4446 Print ISSN 1994-4454 Online The ETUI is financially supported by the European Union. The European Union is not responsible for anyuse made of the information contained in this publication.
 
 Table of contents
Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................51.
 A job role-differentiated approach
................................................................................71.1 18 occupational categories selected ......................................................................................71.2 The gender distribution of occupations .................................................................................91.3 The age distribution of occupations ....................................................................................102.
Employment situation
........................................................................................................133.
 Age-specific quality of employment and work 
....................................................173.1 Shift work ......................................................................................................................................183.2 Painful positions .........................................................................................................................183.3 Very high rhythms ......................................................................................................................193.4 Conciliation ..................................................................................................................................203.5 Lack of discretion in work ........................................................................................................213.6 Lack of social support................................................................................................................223.7 Lack of career prospects ...........................................................................................................233.8 Job insecurity ...............................................................................................................................243.9 An interim conclusion ..............................................................................................................244.
 The perceived sustainability of work 
........................................................................275.
 Attitudes towards ageing at work 
..............................................................................355.1 Perceived link between work and health ............................................................................365.2 Doing the same job at 60 .......................................................................................................375.3 Working time preferences ........................................................................................................396.
Summary and conclusions
................................................................................................43References ...................................................................................................................................................45List of tables and figures ........................................................................................................................46

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