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Ageing and the Public Service in Ireland

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The demographic situation in Ireland differs from that in many OECD member countries, with larger cohorts of younger people and smaller cohorts of older people aged 65 and above. As a result, large‐scale departures have been projected over the long term, and Ireland will face similar policy challenges as other OECD member countries, but they will emerge much later. However, the public service is also ageing more rapidly than the rest of society, and Ireland will have to face a medium term challenge: more than one out of five current civil servants will exit the labor force in the coming decade, which is higher than in the past, but lower than in many other OECD member countries.
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 01 July 2007

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