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The age preferred for retirement by Norwegians has increased 3.4 years, according to annual Senior Policy Barometer

15/01/2013
The age preferred for retirement by Norwegians has increased 3.4 years, according to annual Senior Policy Barometer © HelpAge International

The Centre for Senior Policy (CSP) has presented its 10th “Norwegian Senior Policy Barometer”, carried out in 2012 in cooperation with IPSOS and the Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA).

According to this annual survey, which provides precise measurements about the Norwegian society, there has been a huge change concerning older workers wish to withdraw from work life.

According to the new Barometer, the age preferred by Norwegians for retirement has increased 3.4 years, from 61 years in 2003 to 64.4 in 2012. More than half of the employees (51%) reported  that they can see themselves still working after they are entitled to retirement. The corresponding percentage in 2003 was 35.

Up to 64% of the employees in the age group 60+ enquired in 2012 were positive to go on working after pensionable age. This is a strong signal that older workers wish to stay active, according to the CSP.

Researchers also point out that, according to the latest surveys, Norwegian employers in general want to extend the careers of senior workers: 87% of them say that if employees choose to be active at work until they are entitled to retirement this is an advantage for the company.  

Over the last 10 years the annual barometers have shown that society´s attitudes toward senior employees have gradually improved and that these improvements seem to be robust.

The annual surveys have proved to be an extraordinarily useful tool for CSP in many ways and functions, especially when it comes to the awareness raising and public attention.

The 2012 Barometer is available here.

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