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Duration of Working Life in EU in 2015 – Up by 1.9 years compared with 2005

The expected duration of working life in the European Union (EU) stood at 35.4 years on average in 2015, up by 1.9 years compared with 2005. In detail over this 10-year period, duration of working life has increased more rapidly for women (32.8 years in 2015 compared with 30.2 years in 2005, or +2.6 years) than for men (37.9 years in 2015 vs. 36.7 years in 2005, or +1.2 year).

Among the EU Member States, working life in 2015 was expected to be longest on average in Sweden (41.2 years) and shortest in Italy (30.7 years).

Across the EU Member States, the average working life was in 2015 expected to be the longest in Sweden (41.2 years), ahead of the Netherlands (39.9 years), Denmark (39.2 years), the United Kingdom (38.6 years) and Germany (38.0 years). At the opposite end of the scale, working life was expected to last less than 33 years in Italy (30.7 years), Bulgaria (32.1 years), Greece (32.3 years), Belgium, Croatia, Hungary and Poland (32.6 years each) as well as Romania (32.8 years). In all Member States except Lithuania, duration of working life was expected in 2015 to be longer for men than for women.

 

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