Sunday, August 26, 2007

Canada: Older Workers Staying in the Workforce Longer

According to a new study published by Statistics Canada, older Canadian workers are staying in the workforce longer and, as a result, may be dampening the threat of a sudden and severe labour shortage as baby boomers retire.

According to the article--"Participation of older workers", in the August 2007 issue of Perspectives on Labour and Income--by Katherine Marshall and Vincent Ferrao, an estimated 2.1 million individuals aged 55 to 64 were either employed or looking for work in 2006, more than double the total in 1976. Additional highlights include:
  • The main thrust behind the upward trend is women's labour force participation rate, which rose from 38% to 62% between 1976 and 2006 for those aged 55 to 59, and from 24% to 37% for those aged 60 to 64.
  • One in 4 older workers is self-employed and 1 in 5 works part time. Part-time work is one of the few job characteristics that is notably different for older and core-aged workers (those aged 25 to 54), suggesting transitional changes before retirement.
  • Two-thirds of older workers who work part time do so from choice compared with only 28% of core-aged, part-time workers.
Source: Statistics Canada The Daily (August 24, 2007)

Other Sources: "Baby boomers staying in workforce longer: study" (August 24, 2007)--followed by posted comments

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