Older salaried employees are pushed out of working life
by employers, Pro's survey reveals
Helsinki (14.03.2012 - Juhani Artto) In 2011, almost 25 per cent of
sector salaried employees, from 60 to 64 years of age, were given notice
their employers. Among those from 55 to 59 years of age nearly 15 per
lost their jobs as a result of their employers' decisions. In the age
brackets of younger salaried employees the dismissal rate was well below
10 per cent.
These are some of the major findings in a survey published on Wednesday
the salaried employees' trade union Pro. The figures are based on
given last year by 14,000 rank and file members of the union. These
people work, for
example, as experts and supervisors in industry and in the service,
ICT and communication sectors.
According to Antti Rinne, the President of Pro, the employers' policy -
cutting jobs - to target older employees is in contravention of the
stated aim of the
government and the labour market organizations to extend work careers.
Discrimination against older employees is obvious also in how employers
training for their personnel. Employers tend to invest primarily in the
training of young employees. The older an employee is, the less he or
she is likely to be
offered training that would updates skills, Pro's survey reveals.
As to the risk of older employees incurring a greater amount of sick
leave the replies indicate that the sick leave rate of employees 50+
years of age is lower than among younger employees.
Preferably more free-time than a pay rise
In December 2011, Pro's rank and file members earned on average EUR
2,863. Those in the lowest decile of earners earned EUR 2,000, and the highest
tenth of earners received EUR 3,900. Results-based and
other bonuses played only a marginal role in the incomes of the
The income gap between men and women grows rapidly even in the early
stages of work careers. Among salaried employees of around 30 years of
men's annual earning is on average about EUR 5,000 above the women's
within ten more years at work the gap doubles.
According to the survey, Pro's rank and file members do, on average, 0.5
hours per week uncompensated overtime work. This adds up to
approximately 2 million hours
of uncompensated work per annum. If employees were not to donate such an
amount of uncompensated work to their employers, over 1,000 salaried
employees would be employed filling the gap.
When asked would one prefer a two per cent pay rise to a corresponding
amount of more free-time, over 70 per cent "voted" for more free-time.
employees in certain sectors the majority favouring more free-time was
larger, nearly 80 per cent.