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Reduced social fees for workers over 65

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Reduced social fees for workers over 65, in the form of reduced pension fees which are mandatroy for employers to pay per worker.
Target group
Older Workers
Policy Field
  • employment
  • pension
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
Intriduced 2007
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: reduced social fees overall (not specifically for older workers) estimated cost 157 million ? in the budget for 2014
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: -
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Intended to create incentives for employers to hire/keep older workers on. Expected to increase demand for workforce over 65.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • others (low(ered) social protection (pensions), equal labour protection )
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • regulations of the labour market
Intended target group
Workers over 65
Working age population
  • employment situation (persons over 65 wanting to remain in work or unemployed who would lake to take up work/increase their working time)
  • main source of income: paid work
Employers-private institutional actors
lowered social fees
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Clarification of the role of various actors
New or reformed policies of this type requiring changes in legislation always go out on referral before being decided upon and implemented. Such referral instances usually include municipalities, social partners, evaluative public authorities and relevant interest organizations
Intended output
  • regulation of the labour market
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
slightly higher
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