Low birth rate

Consequences for employment


While some parts of the world are experiencing explosive population growth, many developed countries are encountering the reverse problem: declining birthrates and a ‘fertility crisis’ that poses major challenges, not only for governments, but also for employers faced with an ever-decreasing pool of work-age people. In this series, we look at the impacts and concerns for employers and investigate the role they can play in encouraging fertility among their employees, including policies around family leave. This is the first element of a three-part study covering: 1) low birth rate; 2) the aging population and 3) possible/partial solutions: migration, technology etc. Parts 2) and 3) will be released in the coming months.


Declining birth rates: impact on employment

This report illuminates recent demographic trends and the main factors behind decreasing fertility rates and then goes on to explore what employers need to know to meet the coming challenges.


In this episode, Professor Wolfgang Lutz founder of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and all-round expert on demographics, discusses with us the issue of low birthrate in various countries across the world and the possible impacts on the workplaces of the future.

Fertility crisis: impact on employment
Fertility rates have reached a critical low in some countries across the globe. In several countries births have fallen below the rate necessary to sustain the current population and it is predicted that many more countries will experience sub-replacement fertility rates in the years ahead. At the same time, the average age at which women have their first child is rising, in many countries to over 30.
Middle East & Asia Pacific
Raising the birthrate in Hong Kong and Singapore
Low birthrate is an issue in a number of countries around the world, particularly in the APAC region. And this has consequences for both governments and employers.
Family leave and pay across the world
Fertility falls within a constellation of broader issues involving childbirth and parenting.


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Gemma is the Managing Practice Development Lawyer at our UK law firm and Sam Everatt is the Executive Director of Ius Laboris. Contact us to find out more about this project and about what we can do for you.
Gemma Taylor
Managing Practice Development Lawyer
Sam Everatt
Executive Director