Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Switzerland: Employers Lag Behind Other European Countries in Dealing with the Challenges of Aging Workforce

According to the Adecco Institute's first Demographic Fitness Index for Swiss companies, Swiss companies are less prepared for their aging workforce than the average of selected European Union member states. Specifically, in comparison with 7 EU countries (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands), Switzerland only ranks second last.

By 2020, compared to the year 2000, there will be over one third more Swiss workers aged 50 to 64 years, and one fifth less workers aged 30 to 44 years. While Swiss companies' awareness about these demographic changes is very high, they are among the least prepared in Europe, with almost half of all firms putting no thought at all into this and not taking measures in order to react. In fact, most (nearly 60%) have done no analysis of their company age structure.

Source: Adecco Institute Press Release (April 17, 2007)

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