Monday, April 12, 2010

France: OECD Data Suggests Keeping Older Workers Working Key To Protecting Pension Systems

An Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) look at pensions in France and abroad suggests that making it possible for older workers to keep on working is key to making pension systems more affordable. According to OECD numbers, in the 1950's, in OECD countries, there were around 7 workers on average for every retiree, but that, by 2010, this ratio had fallen to 4 to 1, and that, by 2040, this will be only 2.2 to 1.

Comparing France to other states, OECD says that In Sweden and Switzerland 7 out of 10 people aged over 50 work, while in France the figure is one in two. In addition, the the OECD average for years spent in retirement is just over 18 for men and just under 23 for women, but the French people have the longest retirement--28 years for women and 24 for men.

Source: OECD "Pensions in France and abroad: 7 key indicators" (April 10, 2010)

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