The Ageing Workforce

Consequences for employment


In the context of a rapidly changing world of work, one of the most prominent and pervasive trends is the ageing of the working population, which is dramatic in many parts of the world.

Alongside a trend of rising state pension and retirement ages, countries are overhauling their pensions frameworks, subsidising wages and offering tax breaks to support the employment of older workers. Employers should also prepare for having an ageing workforce. State retirement policies are likely to continue to evolve to encourage longer working lives and employers may have to rethink recruitment and retention strategies in response to this. Employers should also consider what company initiatives they have in place that are designed to support older workers.

Our Ageing Workforce project the second element of a three-part study covering: 1) low birth rate; 2) the ageing workforce and 3) possible/partial solutions: migration, technology etc. See below parts 1) and 2), and watch this space for part 3).


The Ageing Workforce

In this report, we explore global population trends, paying particular attention to their effects on the workplace and examine the government and employer measures that have already been implemented in various countries to address the reality of an ageing workforce.

France reforms
pension system
France adopted controversial changes to its pension system on 14 April 2023, with most relevant provisions coming into effect from 1 September. Here is an overview of some of the most important changes.

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.

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.


Contact us

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.
Jo van der Spiegel
Managing Practice Development Lawyer
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Executive Director