Dáil Éireann - Volume 671 - 17 December, 2008

Written Answers. - Labour Force Statistics.

Deputy Damien English asked the Taoiseach the estimate he has made of the number and percentage of the workforce who will be over the age of 65 years in 2013, 2018, 2023 and 2028; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46654/08]

  Deputy Pat Carey: The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following table. The data are taken from the Population and Labour Force Projections published in April 2008.

Because of the uncertainty involved, the labour force projections are only given for the period to 2021, while the years distinguished are 2011, 2016 and 2021.

Three migration scenarios are given: M1 assumes average annual net immigration of 50,000 in the period 2006-2021, M2 36,700, while M0 assumes zero net migration.

Projected Labour Force aged 65 and over, and as a percentage of the total labour force, 2011, 2016 and 2021

M0

M2

M1

2011

Labour force 65+ (000s)

51.1

51.5

51.6

As a percentage of total

2.3

2.2

2.1

2016

Labour force 65+ (000s)

72.8

73.9

74.2

As a percentage of total

3.2

2.9

2.8

2021

Labour force 65+ (000s)

96.3

98.4

99.0

As a percentage of total

4.2

3.6

3.5