Increasing Employment of Older Workers: Addressing Labour Market Obstacles

  • Milan VodopivecEmail author
  • Dan Finn
  • Suzana Laporšek
  • Matija Vodopivec
  • Nejc Cvörnjek


The paper reviews international experience with selected measures aimed at increasing employment of older workers and identifies best practices. Among the measures addressing worker obstacles, the paper focuses on the promotion of training, on adjusting employment services and active labour market programs for older workers, and on promoting better working conditions; among the areas addressing employer obstacles, it focuses on adjusting employment protection rules for older workers, on subsidizing wages of older workers, and on challenging employers’ negative perceptions. In addition, to offer a perspective into more holistic approaches that countries have applied, the report provides three case studies of targeted programs on older workers in United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada.


Older workers Training Employment protection legislation Labour policy 

JEL Classifications

J14 J26 J38 



This paper is part of a larger project that received financial support from the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milan Vodopivec
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dan Finn
    • 3
  • Suzana Laporšek
    • 1
  • Matija Vodopivec
    • 1
  • Nejc Cvörnjek
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PrimorskaKoperSlovenia
  2. 2.IZA Institute for the Study of LabourBonnGermany
  3. 3.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

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