The effects of under-skilling on need for recovery, losing employment and retirement intentions among older office workers: A prospective cohort study

Fleur Gommans, Nicole Jansen, Dave Stynen, Ijmert Kant, Andries de Grip

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

50 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Based on a sample of older workers from the Maastricht Cohort Study,
the authors investigate the prevalence and dynamics of self-reported under-skilling
and its effects on workers’ need for recovery, their risk of losing employment
and their retirement intentions over a two-year period. They find that being underskilled is associated both with higher levels of need for recovery over time and with the risk of losing employment, but not with early retirement intentions. To
achieve sustainable employment, they argue, the course of under-skilling should
be monitored throughout workers’ careers, enabling timely interventions to avoid
its negative consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-548
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume156
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • OLDER WORKER
  • SKILL ANALYSIS
  • OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATION
  • JOB INSECURITY
  • RETIREMENT
  • NETHERLANDS
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • OBSOLESCENCE
  • MISMATCH

Cite this