Polish and UK Experience in Managing an Ageing Workforce
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Although Poland and the United Kingdom are similar with respect to demographic trends, Poland has a much lower number of people aged 50+ who are still in employment. Both countries have decided to implement policies encouraging employers to recruit and retain workers aged 50+ in order to support older people on the labor market. One explanation of the relatively high level of employment in this age group in the UK and low level in Poland can be, inter alia, different institutional measures that the two countries have adopted to aid the retention of older employees. The aim of the article is to examine how institutional settings, workforce demographics, and the labor market situation of older people shape Polish and British employer practices for retaining their older workforce. The initial hypothesis that stronger labor market regulation has more influence on employer decisions has been confirmed. However, the case of Poland does not show that this increases the number of older people getting jobs as a result. The article is partly based on the results of the Polish “Equal Opportunities on the Labor Market for People Aged 50+” project implemented, among others, by a team from the University of Łódź. The situation of older employees in the UK is presented using the available topical literature.
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The polish version of this article was published on free CD added to the paper version HRM(ZZL) 2014 6(101) [look at: Zarzadzanie Zasobami Ludzkimi 2014 6(101)] .
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