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Malta sees biggest EU increase in duration of working life

Xinhua, November 15, 2016 Adjust font size:

Malta saw the biggest increase in the length of working life in the EU between 2005 and 2015, figures issued by Eurostat on Monday showed.

The expected duration of working life has increased in all EU member states, albeit to different extents.

It has risen the most in Malta (5.1 years), followed by Hungary (4.2 years), Luxembourg (3.1 years), Estonia (3.0 years) and Lithuania (2.9 years), while it remained nearly the same in Denmark, Portugal and Ireland.

The overall increase in duration of working life was generally driven across member states by the change in women's duration of working life.

The latter has increased between 2005 and 2015 in all EU states, notably in Malta (8.6 years), Spain (5.1 years), Luxembourg (4.7 years).

By contrast, the duration of working life for men has dropped in five member states, with men in Cyprus working 1.9 years less, in Greece 1.4 years less, with Ireland, Spain and Portugal standing at one year or under.

Across the EU member states, the average working life in 2015 was expected to be the longest in Sweden (41.2 years), ahead of the Netherlands (39.9 years), Denmark (39.2 years).

At the opposite end of the scale, working life was expected to last less than 33 years in Italy (30.7 years), Bulgaria (32.1 years), Greece (32.3 years). In all member states except Lithuania, the duration of working life was expected to be longer for men than for women.

The expected duration of working life in the European Union (EU) stood at 35.4 years on average in 2015, up by 1.9 years compared with 2005. Endit