Research and analysis

A comparative review of international approaches to mandatory retirement (RR674)

This research was done by RS Consulting for DWP to examine existing, published evidence on international approaches to mandatory retirement.

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RR 674 A comparative review of international approaches to mandatory retirement: report

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RR 674 A comparative review of international approaches to mandatory retirement: summary

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By Andrew Wood, Marisa Robertson and Dominika Wintersgill.

This research study, conducted by RS Consulting on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), was designed to examine existing, published evidence on international approaches to mandatory retirement. The research will be used to inform the Government’s review of the Default Retirement Age (DRA), which is jointly led by DWP and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Eight country case studies were selected to represent a broad spectrum of approaches and a range of experiences of age legislation, including countries that have never had specific age legislation; countries that have had age legislation for longer than the UK; and countries that have increased the minimum permitted mandatory retirement age or banned it altogether. The overall aim is to provide useful lessons as to the impact of the different approaches on individuals, businesses and the economy.