Old woman in Mahane Yehuda 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Over half of Israelis believe that the government should change the law stating
that the public sector’s mandatory retirement age is 67 years old, according to
a survey conducted by the Geocartography Knowledge Group for Vehadarta, the
National Council for Advancing the Status of the Elderly in
According to the survey, which focused on the public’s views
regarding senior citizens’ integration into the labor force in Israel, about
half of respondents also said they would prefer working past the age of
Some 11 percent reported they prefer a solution that would allow them
to work less when still young but continue to have a job past the current
In addition, about 63.5% of respondents between the ages
of 18 and 34 believe that older people are more skilled and are an asset to
Among those aged 35 to 54, 59.6% support changing the
retirement age law, as do 56.4% of those aged 55 and older.
encouraging to see that the younger generation appreciates and values the
contributions of the older generation to the labor force,” director-general of
Vehadarta Rivi Beller said in a statement.
Beller added that a “right
combination” of the elderly in the labor force alongside young people at the
start of their careers could “benefit both sides and enhance results in the
“Young people can gain from the experience of the elderly,
and conversely they can contribute to them with their skills in technology and
other areas, which will facilitate the integration of seniors in the workplace,”
she explained. “The employer will benefit from this the most.”
time that decision makers in Israel wake up and realize that taking people over
the age of 67 out of the labor force harms the interests of the State of
Israel,” Beller added.
The survey is expected to be presented at a
conference about senior citizens’ contribution to Israeli society, which will
take place at Tel Aviv University on Thursday in the presence of President
Shimon Peres, Welfare and Social Services Minister Meir Cohen and Senior
Citizens Minister Uri Orbach.