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Gender equality among older employees (EGALISE)

 

Project description (completed research project)

For a society in which the population is ageing and skilled personnel and experienced staff are scarce, it is important to keep older employees in the labour market. This project studies how gender differences arise in career paths and examines the recruiting, education and further training, promotion and pay of older employees as well as their working conditions and job benefits. It identifies structural, institutional and individual mechanisms that foster or obstruct gender equality in the second half of working life.

Aim

The project comprises three levels of analysis:

  1. A statistical overview of the development of the gainful employment of older employees in a number of European countries in the last 20 years and a stock-taking of government measures in Switzerland affecting the working conditions and job benefits of older employees of both sexes (Old Age Insurance, unemployment insurance, Invalidity Insurance, occupational pension scheme etc.).
  2. An analysis of strategies and practices in human resources management in several Swiss companies and their effects on the careers of older employees. The project pays special attention to whether the companies in various fields follow a gender equality policy and an age management strategy.
  3. A qualitative study of the careers of approximately 60 older employees capturing the parameters of their working conditions and job benefits and the employees’ subjective attitudes on different areas of life (work – family – leisure time) in the second half of their working lives.

Original title

EGALISE - L'égalité des seniors en emploi

Project leader(s)

  • Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre, Institut des sciences sociales (ISS), Universität Lausanne
  • Dr. Magdalena Rosende, ISS, Universität Lausanne
  • Dr. Céline Schoeni, ISS, Universität Lausanne
  • Morgane Kuehni, ISS, Universität Lausanne

 

 

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 Contact

Prof. Nicky Le Feuvre Institut des sciences sociales (ISS) Universität Lausanne Bâtiment Anthropole 1015 Lausanne +41 21 692 32 13 nicky.lefeuvre@unil.ch

Alba Brizzi Institut des sciences sociales (ISS) Universität Lausanne Bâtiment Anthropole 1015 Lausanne +41 21 692 31 80 alba.brizzi@unil.ch

Products of the project