50% rise in older workers to generate €4bn

Financial problems in the state pension system (AOW) could be solved if the number of people over 55 with jobs went up by 50% more than the figure currently forecast, according to the government’s economic policy advisory body, CPB.

This would generate €4bn for the treasury, which is the amount the government aims to achieve by raising the pension age from 65 to 67, reports news agency ANP on Wednesday quoting CPB figures.
Organisations representing the interests of the elderly want the government to wait three to five years before starting to raise the pension age to allow maximum effort to be made in getting the over 55s back to work.
Employers should take the bulk of the responsibility for increasing the number of employees over 55 by introducing ‘creative solutions and new personnel policies’, they say. And the government must support these initiatives by helping to change the mentality of those over 55.
Even if these measures are ineffective, people should be given 15 to 20 years to prepare for an increase in the pension age.

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