Job Quality and Employment of Older Workers: Evidence from the Recent SHARE Data
Agnieszka Chlon-Dominczak, Warsaw School of Economics
Population ageing in Europe leads to the shrinking workforce and rising share of older workers. Extending working lives of the key challenges for the European labour market. In the paper, I investigate the overall perception of job quality, based on the assessment of various aspects of job conditions in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE) in Europe. Using the data for all SHARE countries, I identify four clusters of older workers: satisfied, tired with routine work, tired with physical work and unsatisfied. The distribution of clusters differs between countries: Swedish, Danish and Swiss workers are the most satisfied, while those in Portugal, Poland and Greece are the least satisfied. In countries, where workers are more satisfied, the employment rates of older workers are higher. The results indicate, that improving job quality is one of the crucial pre-conditions of extending working lives in Europe.
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