Ageing issues are drawing increasing attention from research organizations whose role is to spot trends and identify possible solutions.

Once such group is the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development [OECD]. Their recently released study Ageing and the Public Service: Human Resource Challenges points out that government workforces are ageing even more rapidly than the rest of society.

This raises specific challenges and opportunities. An ageing public service increases fiscal burdens while decreasing immediate capacities to deliver services. In the long run, however, it also offers a strategic opportunity to downsize the public sector workforce if necessary and to change employment conditions and the management of government employees where this is deemed reasonable. This study reviews the experience of 9 OECD member countries in this field. It presents some conclusions on strategies that countries could implement in order to adjust their human resource policies to the wider ageing challenge.

Countries Studied: Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and Portugal.