Malta reg­is­ters big­gest in­crease of work­ing life, 5.1 years be­tween 2005 and 2015

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Malta has reg­is­tered the largest in­crease of work­ing life in the EU be­tween 2005 and 2015, of­fi­cial Euro­stat fig­ures have shown.

Be­tween 2005 and 2015, the ex­pected du­ra­tion of work­ing life has in­creased in all EU Mem­ber States, al­beit to dif­fer­ent ex­tents. It has risen the most in Malta (+5.1 years), fol­lowed by Hun­gary (+4.2 years), Lux­em­bourg (+3.1 years), Es­to­nia (+3.0 years) and Lithua­nia (+2.9 years), while it re­mained nearly the same in Den­mark (+0.2 year), Portugal (+0.3 year) and Ire­land (+0.4 year). The over­all in­crease in du­ra­tion of work­ing life is gen­er­ally driven across Mem­ber States by the change in women’s du­ra­tion of work­ing life.

This lat­ter has in­creased be­tween 2005 and 2015 in all EU Mem­ber States, no­tably in Malta (+8.6 years), Spain (+5.1 years), Lux­em­bourg (+4.7 years), Hun­gary (+4.0 years), Cyprus (+3.6 years), Lithua­nia (+3.5 years), Ger­many and Aus­tria (+3.4 years each).

In con­trast, du­ra­tion of work­ing life for men has dropped in five Mem­ber States: Cyprus (1.9 years), Greece (-1.4 years), Ire­land (-1.0 year), Spain (-0.7 year), and Portugal (-0.6 year).

The ex­pected du­ra­tion of work­ing life in the Euro­pean Union 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).

This in­for­ma­tion is is­sued by Euro­stat, the sta­tis­ti­cal of­fice of the Euro­pean Union. This indi­ca­tor “du­ra­tion of work­ing life” mea­sures the num­ber of years a per­son aged 15 is ex­pected to be ac­tive (ei­ther em­ployed or un­em­ployed) in the labour market through­out his/her life.

Work­ing life more than ten years longer in Swe­den than in Italy

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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