published: 09.10.2013, 12:13 | updated: 09.10.2013 12:17:55
Prague - The number of working pensioners has been rising in the Czech Republic in spite on the gradual increase in retirement age, according to data that the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) presented at a press conference today.
While in 2010, 129,600 old-age pensioners under 70 went to work, in the first half of 2013 there were 145,100 of them.
"The number of employed pensioners who take pension and at the same time go to work has been rising year-on-year," Daniel Chytil, from the CSU´s labour force section, said.
However, the pensioners´ current employment rate of 11.5 percent is not too high though it has been rising, his colleague Ondrej Nyvlt added.
The limited offer of part-time jobs prevents a higher employment of pensioners, experts point out.
People approaching their retirement age also express a high interest in keeping working as pensioners.
According to a CSU survey, two-fifths of people over 50 or 460,000 say they would like to keep going to work after they retire.
In the capital of Prague, even four in five people aged 50-69 years would like to work as pensioners.
A total of 63 percent of university graduates would like to keep working after they retire but only 32 percent of those with elementary education.
In general, men and women with higher education, those living in urban areas and non-manual workers express the intention to keep working as pensioners more often than other groups, Nyvlt added.
Retirement age has been gradually raised in the Czech Republic and it is to be 65 for men and childless women and those with one child by 2031 while women with two and more children will retire earlier.
The Czech society has been ageing and the number of elderly people has been rising.
At present seniors over 65 make up some 17 percent of the population of the 10.5-million Czech Republic, while in 1990 it was under 13 percent. Statisticians expect senior citizens to make up one-third of all inhabitants around 2050.
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