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Time for my tea break? Time for my tea break? Steve Parsons/PA

‘Grey’ workers hold the key to manufacturing’s future

The UK’s workforce is getting older and older, and manufacturing will be particularly hard hit. However, wiser firms will make the most of the opportunities this opens up – older workers have the skills…
Dealing with an ageing population and workforce has been a concern for some years, with Tony Abbott promising changes to make it easier for older workers to find employment. Dealing with an ageing population and workforce has been a concern for some years, with Tony Abbott promising changes to make it easier for older workers to find employment. AAP/Paul Miller

Australia is ageing, but is lifting the retirement age inevitable?

The Federal Government only took a few hours to quash suggestions made by the Productivity Commission on Friday to lift the retirement age. But while the Commission’s report is based on research that’s…
Nearly a third of agriculture workers are over 55. Nearly a third of agriculture workers are over 55. Image from www.shutterstock.com

A more sustainable Australia: staying in work as we age

A more sustainable Australia As we hit the half-way mark of the 2013 election campaign, we’ve asked academics to look at some of the long-term issues affecting Australia – the issues that will shape our…
Sustainable employment initiatives in the Netherlands have proven effective in accommodating an ageing workforce. Sustainable employment initiatives in the Netherlands have proven effective in accommodating an ageing workforce. shutterstock

Sustainable employment and the ageing workforce: lessons learned from the Dutch

As populations in OECD countries continue rapidly to age, the increasing imbalance between those young enough to work and those old enough to receive the pension is sounding alarm bells. By 2050, the “old…
Australians from skilled trades or professions are the most likely to find a niche in the ageing workforce. Australians from skilled trades or professions are the most likely to find a niche in the ageing workforce. Nurse image from www.shutterstock.com

Grey expectations, or a silver lining? The challenges facing older workers

Welcome to Shades of Grey, a series from The Conversation that examines the challenges posed by Australia’s ageing workforce. Today, Adjunct Associate Professor Margaret Patrickson from the University…
Many older people already want to work longer but encounter barriers to doing so. Many older people already want to work longer but encounter barriers to doing so. Image from www.shutterstock.com

It’s time to redefine the traditional working age

Welcome to Shades of Grey, a series from The Conversation that examines the challenges posed by Australia’s ageing workforce. Today, Rafal Chomik, a Senior Research Fellow at UNSW’s ARC Centre of Excellence…
There’s little proof that the transition to retirement has a significant impact on mental health. There’s little proof that the transition to retirement has a significant impact on mental health. petruzzophoto

Retirement: a trigger for distress or welcome relief from the rat race?

Welcome to Shades of Grey, a series from The Conversation that examines the challenges posed by Australia’s ageing workforce. Today, Australian National University’s Sarah Olesen and Peter Butterworth…
An emphasis on longer working lives should be a policy aspiration, rather than an ideological straitjacket. An emphasis on longer working lives should be a policy aspiration, rather than an ideological straitjacket. Image from www.shutterstock.com

Active ageing is a risky labour market policy

Welcome to Shades of Grey, a series from The Conversation that examines the challenges posed by Australia’s ageing workforce. Today, Monash University’s Philip Taylor looks at the costs and benefits of…