The training helps older workers learn digital skills

“Older workers with digital skills have much better employment opportunities, earn higher wages and cannot be replaced as easily by technology,” says Oliver Falckdirector of the ifo Center for Industrial Organization and New Technologies.

“Policy makers should therefore encourage to offer more training to older people,” continues Falck. This is because older workers in particular typically do not have access to such opportunities. In Germany, 62% of 55-65 year olds have basic digital skills – above average compared to other , but not outstanding. The leader is , ahead of the and .

The gap between younger (25-44) and older (55-65) basic digital skills is the largest in : 89% of the younger age group have these skills, compared to just 26% of the older group. Other places where the gap is particularly large are and Central and Eastern European countries such as Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. In Great Britain, Norway, the Netherlands, the United States, , Denmark and New Zealand, the share of young people with basic digital skills is more than 89 percent, while the difference with the oldest group is only 13-21 percentage points. In Germany, the difference between the young (91 percent) and the elderly (62 percent) is 29 percentage points, which places Germany in the upper middle field internationally.

Article: “The elderly left behind? How can older workers participate in the modern labor market Author: Oliver Falck Valentin Lindlacherand Simon Wiederhold in: EconPol Forum 5/2022.

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The authors consider how can respond more effectively to all these challenges and solve the associated labor market problems caused by rapid structural change. The authors also provide useful policy recommendations for national governments and EU businesses.


Source: EconPol

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