Expected duration of working life in the EU: 36 years


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The duration of the working life indicator estimates how long a person who is currently 15 years old will be active in the labour market during his or her life, for a given country and year.

In 2017, the expected duration of working life in the European Union (EU) was 36 years, 3 years longer than in 2000. When the figures are examined at the level of EU Member States, the duration of working life ranged from 32 years in Italy to 42 years in Sweden.

Map: Expected duration of working life, 2017

At the EU level, there was a difference of 5 years between men and women, with men at 38 years, and women at 33 years. The duration of working life was longer for men than for women in most EU Member States in 2017, with the exception of two countries (Lithuania and Latvia). Latvia had no difference in the length of working life between men and women, and in Lithuania the duration of working life was longer for women than for men. Among the EU Member States, Malta had the largest gender gap (12 years).

Chart: duration of working life, men and women, 2017

The data source is here.

More statistics on the duration of working life can be found in the Statistics Explained article on this topic.

For information on labour market statistics in general, take a look at this overview.

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