Golden Age Index

How well are OECD countries harnessing the power of their older workers?

The 2016 edition of the report finds that:

  • The Nordic countries again perform strongly on the Golden Age Index.

  • Israel, Germany and New Zealand have shown the most significant improvement from 2003 to 2014.

  • The UK has fallen 1 place in the rankings since 2003, from 17th place to 18th place in 2014.

  • The OECD could add around $2.6 trillion to its total GDP if countries increased their employment rates for over-55s to Swedish levels.

  • If the UK’s employment rates for workers aged 55+ were increased to Swedish levels, UK GDP could be around 5.8% higher, equivalent to around £105 billion at 2014 GDP values. 

Our Golden Age Index is a weighted average of seven indicators that reflect the labour market impact of workers aged over 55 in 34 OECD countries, including employment, earnings and training.


There could be a potential £105bn boost to UK GDP in the long-run if older worker employment rates were increased to Swedish levels

Women in Work Index 2016

The fourth annual update of the PwC Women in Work Index (WIW) indicates that the UK rose five places to 16th position within the OECD.

Young Workers Index

How well are OECD economies developing the potential of their young people?

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