In 2015 PPMI completed a study ‘Sustainable work throughout the life course: national policies and strategies’. The concept of sustainable work, among other things, refers to improving job quality and accommodating jobs to the characteristics of individual workers in order to increase employment rate and prolong healthy working lives. Four domains of sustainable work were addressed in the study: ensuring career and employment protection, maintaining and promoting health and well-being of workers, reconciling working and non-working life, and developing skills and competences.

Overall, the project carried out 10 case studies: the evidence was drawn from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In addition to extensive desk research, the case studies also included around 10 interviews per country with some of the key stakeholders. The final consolidated report described the interaction between different topics and policy areas, and provided a comparative policy assessment as well as key policy messages.

The study highlighted the role of state policies, company-level practices as well as collective agreements in achieving longer working lives; advocated for additional skills development and working time flexibility; expressed the need for policy approaches that encourage combining care with active participation in the labour market; discussed the negative effects of prolonged atypical employment.

For more information on this project please contact Egidijus Barcevičius or Irma Budginaitė.

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