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Future age‐conscious manpower planning in The Netherlands: From early retirement to a new perspective on the elderly?

P. Ekamper (The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute in The Hague, The Netherlands)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 1 May 1997

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Abstract

The population of The Netherlands will, as in other industrialized countries, continue to age in the coming decades. So far, the working‐age population has not been affected, but the ageing process is set to leave its mark on the labour force in the next 25 years. An ageing labour force and possible future policy measures in this area will have important repercussions for individual organizations. Research into future trends has shown that the percentage of people aged over 50 in public service will increase from 15 per cent in 1995 to 35 per cent in 2010. Policy measures aimed at stimulating the labour force participation of the elderly will boost this percentage even further. The elderly employees not only hold the highest positions, but also they withdraw from the workforce in limited numbers. Unless the number of jobs is increased, opportunities for promotion and entry into the Civil Service are likely to decline. The only way to counteract an ageing workforce ‐ even if only to a limited degree ‐ is to encourage the retirement of elderly employees and/or to significantly boost the number of jobs within the organization. Such measures would run counter to current political trends. An alternative would be to reassess the position of the elderly within the organization.

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Ekamper, P. (1997), "Future age‐conscious manpower planning in The Netherlands: From early retirement to a new perspective on the elderly?", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 18 No. 3, pp. 232-247. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000004326

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