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Working beyond 65 remains the exception in Belgium

11:11 28/09/2016

Only about one in 20 65- to 69-year-olds in Belgium still works, according to a study by the German statistical office Destatis. The figure puts Belgium in second-to-last place in the European Union for that age group's employment rate, writes De Morgen.

In the 28 EU Member States combined, on average more than one in 10 (11.7%) 65- to 69-year-olds were employed in 2015, nearly 3% more than in 2005. Belgium lags far behind the EU average, with the proportion of working 65- to 69-year-olds increasing from 3.5% in 2005 to 4.9% last year. Only Hungary scores lower, with 4.6% working seniors in 2015.

The highest number of employed 65- to 69-year-olds are found in Estonia (29.3%), Sweden (21.6%) and the UK (21.2%), the study shows.

Written by Robyn Boyle

Comments

Mikek1300gt

If ever there was a sign that a country desperately needs to grow up, it's a country paying pensions from 50 years old. The mentality being that there are limited jobs and hey, let the youngsters have a go. It will change or the country will go bankrupt.

Sep 28, 2016 11:29