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The population is ageing, which has consequences for the pension system. In response, policy reforms across Europe have aimed at extending working lives and postponing the retirement of older workers. However, one actor is often overlooked in these changes: the employer.

The role of the employer in extending working lives will be the topic of discussion at the next ETK research webinar of the Finnish Centre for Pensions on Monday, November 14, 2022,at 14.30–15.30 local time EET / 13.30–14.30 CET.

For working lives to be successfully extended, employers should also adopt changes in policies and be willing to retain and recruit an ageing workforce.

There is a growing body of research on employers’ perspectives on the management, recruitment, and retirement of older workers. Employer surveys in Finland and the Netherlands have shown that employer perceptions of working longer and retiring later have become more positive in recent years. Still, obstacles in management and recruitment remain.

At this ETK research webinar we will discuss what is going well and what room for improvement there is by comparing recent studies from Finland and the Netherlands.    

Webinar programme


  • Noora Järnefelt, Finnish Centre for Pensions (ETK)

Are Finnish employers ready for longer working lives?

  • Kène Henkens, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

Employers and longer working lives. Do policies and norms change?

Comments by:

  • Anna Kwiatkiewicz, BusinessEurope

About the speakers

Noora Järnefelt is senior researcher at the Finnish Centre for Pensions. She has widely studied labour market participation and retirement. She is currently leading the Finnish Centre for Pensions’ research project on employer perceptions of retirement and workforce ageing in Finland.

Kène Henkens is the head of the Theme group on Work & Retirement at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute. He is one of the pioneers of research on employers’ behaviours in an ageing labour market.  

Anna Kwiatkiewicz works as a senior adviser at the policy department for social affairs of BusinessEurope. BusinessEurope is a recognised social partner representing national business federations from 35 countries at the European policy level.    

Register for the webinar here.

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