Social Europe and Well-Being

Second Career Labour Markets for Older Workers

20 June 2012
Claire Dhéret (Head of Social Europe & Well-being programme and Senior Policy Analyst) and Eric Thode (External authors)



Acknowledging the 2012 ’European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations’, the European Policy Centre – in cooperation with the Bertelsmann Stiftung – launched a project on ’Second Career Labour Markets’, aiming to look into how to establish successful second careers and increase the labour market participation of older workers across Europe.

The Discussion Paper, co-written by Laura Naegele, Claire Dhéret and Eric Thode, frames the debate on more and better employment opportunities for older workers, by reflecting on the various aspects of a successful ‘active ageing at work’ and pointing out key issues in the discourse. Stressing the co-responsibility of governments, social partners, companies and the individual worker, the authors argue that concrete measures on a multi-level approach have to be put forward in order to facilitate the creation of second career opportunities across Europe. The authors present 10 proposals for policy action to be debated during the course of the project.

Second Career Labour Markets for Older Workers

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Claire Dhéret
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