Average employee over 65 at retirement

Retire before your 65th birthday is becoming less and less common. The average retirement age of employees increased further to 65 years and 1 month last year. This is an increase of 4 months compared to 2018, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Over 65 percent of the employees who retired in 2019 were 65 years of age or older, while in 2006 it was still 12 percent. The proportion of 55 to 65 year olds who have retired has declined sharply from 2006. Last year, 5% of all 55- to 65-year-olds had retired, and in 2006 it was almost 19%.

By the way, employees from 45 to 65 years of age want to stay on average up to 64.5 years of age, according to the CBS research. Approximately half of the people in this age group say they want to work longer, if that is possible with fewer hours or days per week. Especially highly skilled workers see that often sitting. Pure consideration of occupational groups, ICTs most often want to go on longer with fewer hours.

The average retirement age of employees was around 61 years from 2000 to 2006. Since then, the government has been encouraging employees to work longer with the help of new rules. Thus, the AOW pension age has gradually increased from 2013 onwards. In 2019, persons aged 66 and 4 months from the age of 66 and were granted an AOW pension.

In the Netherlands, nearly 3.2 million people were retired in 2019. Between 2001 and 2014, the proportion of pensioners in the total population rose from 15.1 to 18.3 percent.