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Áine Ní Léime, Debra Street, Sarah Vickerstaff, Clary Krekula, and Wendy Loretto

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325116

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325116.001.0001

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Extended working life, gender and precarious work in Ireland

Extended working life, gender and precarious work in Ireland

(p.117) Six Extended working life, gender and precarious work in Ireland
Gender, Ageing and Extended Working Life

Áine Ní Léime

Nata Duvvury

Caroline Finn

Policy Press

This chapter discusses extended working life policies in Ireland from a critical gender and life course perspective. It provides a contextualised discussion of the current nature of women's participation in the labour market, including diversity of occupation and employment status and family friendly policies and discuss how this shapes pension provision. The structure of the pension system is outlined describing women's current outcomes in terms of the type and level of pensions. Next is a discussion of reforms that have been introduced to pensions and employment policy and a consideration of the likely gender implications of these reforms, drawing on experiences in other countries and the OECD's projections. Finally, undertaking new analysis of the most recent data available, the impact of the recession, particularly on precarious employment among older workers is assessed and the impact of health disparities on employment and pension prospects is considered. Possible alternative policy approaches and/or modifications that would ensure that gender equality as well as cost-containment is pursued, are considered.

Keywords:   Older workers, Extended working life policies, Gender, Ireland, Life course, Precarious employment, Political economy of ageing

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