In other countries, active labour market policies targeting the over 50s succeeded in increasing the employment rate of older workers: Finland, for example, whose active ageing policy is delivering very significant outcomes.Parent beleives that "an age-friendly culture needs to be promoted both inside and outside the labour market. Awareness needs to be raised on the value of a diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of today’s EU population."
So, what lessons can we draw from the limited experience gathered so far on measures to promote the employability of older workers?
We feel that labour legislation should aim at compensating the age factor in such a way that it becomes neutral for both employers and workers.
This means creating incentives for both employers and workers without being detrimental.
Source: "EU Employment Week: Reflecting Europe’s diversity" EUPolitix.com (May 17, 2006)