Working beyond normal retirement age in the Netherlands: The role of mandatory retirement

tirsdag, 07 august 2018

The Dutch government abolished mandatory retirement for national-level civil servants in 2008, but not for employees in other sectors. This study analyzes whether national-level civil servants have different attitudes and plans about working beyond normal retirement age than employees in other sectors.

Results show no clear differences between the groups. A national ban on mandatory retirement would presumably not lead to much more older workers continuing to work beyond normal retirement, but would need to be integrated in a much broader policy reform that also addresses employment protection legislation and seniority-based wages.