There is a huge disparity in employment rates among over 65s across different countries. A recent OECD report found that the highest rates of people working beyond 65 are in Asia with Indonesia particularly notable as having a 50.6 percent employment among those in the 65-69 age group. That figure is high elsewhere in Asia, standing at 45 percent in South Korea and 42.8 percent in Japan. In contrast to Europe where there were widespread protests when the retirement age was raised even slightly, much of Asia has actually been supportive of increases in the mandatory retirement age. Reasons for support include everything from a desire to maintain a fit and active life to more obvious concerns about finances.
New Zealand has no compulsory retirement age and it is another country with a high employment rate among older people with 42.6 percent of those aged 65 to 69 still working. The rate is far less in Australia at 25.9 percent while it’s 31 percent in the United States. In Europe where all those protests happened, the rate is lower still. In the United Kingdom, the employment rate for 65-69-year-olds stands at 21 percent while in France and Spain, it is only 6.3 and 5.3 percent respectively.