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Workers’ willingness to delay retirement in exchange for temporary paid leaves: A case study in a Spanish town

Alfredo Alfageme (Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Castellón de la Plana, Spain)
Begoña García-Pastor (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Castellón de la Plana, Spain)
Salvador Seguí-Cosme (Department of Philosophy and Sociology, Universitat Jaume I de Castelló, Castellón de la Plana, Spain)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 5 August 2019

Issue publication date: 3 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors influencing the willingness to benefit from temporary leave (TL), a life-course policy consisting of the entitlement to temporary paid leaves from work in exchange for delayed retirement.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey has been conducted amongst the occupied workforce of a medium-sized Spanish town, fairly characteristic of European urban environments in terms of its labour-force composition. The factors predisposing to TL are probed by means of a multivariate analysis (binary logistic regression). The analysis is framed in an age-gender perspective.

Findings

The noteworthy favourable predisposition towards TL emerging from the survey, mainly for the purposes of caring for children and parents, studying and preparing for a new job, appears mostly influenced by the educational level and by the fact of having or not children, without clear sex variations.

Originality/value

Notwithstanding the local scope of the survey, its results might orientate future research on TL, which is an emerging policy issue crosscutting several widely recognised social-policy targets within the European Union, such as the extension of working life, lifelong learning and gender equality throughout the life course.

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Citation

Alfageme, A., García-Pastor, B. and Seguí-Cosme, S. (2019), "Workers’ willingness to delay retirement in exchange for temporary paid leaves: A case study in a Spanish town", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 39 No. 7/8, pp. 595-608. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-03-2019-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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