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The ageing workforce in Ireland: Working conditions, health and extending working lives

Creator:

Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Subject Keywords: Age, Working
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Ireland’s workforce is getting older. The proportion of the workforce aged 55 and over grew from 10 per cent in 1998 to almost 20 per cent in 2018. This is forecast to rise further.

These results are from a new study carried out on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and launched by Pat Breen, TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection today (1 October 2019).

The self-employed are the group most likely to work longer. Amongst employees, those in public administration and ‘other administrative’ sectors are most likely to work for longer. These sectors typically provide non-manual jobs and security of tenure.

Across workers of all ages, those who have poor work-life balance, those whose health and safety is at risk because of their job and those in more physically demanding work are all much more pessimistic about their ability to work in their current or similar job until they are 60 years old.

Date:

01/10/2019

Suggested citation:

Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI). (2019) The ageing workforce in Ireland: Working conditions, health and extending working lives [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/1282656 [Accessed: 19th November 2019].

  

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