A skilful employee has no age

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Author: UP Warszawa

Since January the Warsaw Labour Office has started a pilot project called “A skilful worker has no age”. It is an opportunity for Warsaw pensioners to receive training, get an extra job to earn more money, and to re-enter the labour market.

Companies employing seniors can count on many benefits by gaining a good employee whose pay is co-funded. Meanwhile, seniors are an increasingly recognised group of potential job candidates. 

Retirees at work – a good idea 

The project is therefore addressed to two groups - individuals of retirement age who wish to remain economically active, and employers ready to hire them. The pilot study “A skilful employee has no age” aims to investigate to what extent it is possible for this group of candidates to return to the labour market, and what conditions and solutions can support it. It is a real opportunity for older, committed and responsible people who have much to offer their employers. 

Working in retirement pays off - it means additional earnings, the opportunity to share experience, personal development and an active day. The project connects seniors with employers, who will be able to benefit from a number of solutions to reduce labour costs, and also mutually prove that, in fact, “A skilful employee has no age” - because what counts is qualifications, professional and life experience. 

Development and financing 

A person of retirement age entering the project will be able to benefit from support preparing him/her for work. The emphasis is on active learning through internships and vocational training. Seniors who join the project will not only receive digital inclusion training to introduce them to the labour market of today, but also individual vocational training to meet the requirements of their future job. Entrepreneurs embracing the new group of employees will receive have the remuneration partly funded for six months in the amount of PLN 1,500 per month, and by organising short, two-month internships they will have the opportunity to meet the candidate and see that he or she is an excellent choice. The employer does not bear the costs of the internship, since it is paid by the Labour Office, and the candidate will get to know the new workplace, the necessary requirements for the position, and will check whether he or she can and wishes to continue the cooperation. 

The project is implemented by the Labour Office of the Capital City of Warsaw and the support offered is financed by the Ministry of Family and Social Policy. 

Excluded because of their age 

Over the next 12 months, the pilot project will test various forms of support for seniors and employers. Recruitment has already started! During the first two days, the project office was visited by 20 people, including 15 women and 5 men, who were determined to improve their qualifications and were willing to work. They were people with secondary or higher education, representing different professions, looking for office, security, customer service, part-time, e.g. half-time, but also full-time jobs, depending on needs and health and family situation. A large number of these individuals have experienced exclusion from the labour market precisely because of their age. 

An increasingly elderly population 

The forecast of Poland’s population until 2050 indicates that the percentage share of people aged 60 and over in the entire population will increase in 2030 - to 29.0%, in 2040 - 34.4% and in 2050 these people will represent as much as 40.4% of the entire population of Poland. The population ageing trend is also more significant in cities. In Warsaw in 2050, there will be 500,000 pensioners per million people of working age. 

The ageing of the population poses a serious challenge for the labour market and the economy. Nearly one in five persons in the European Union – around 100 million people – are already 65 years of age or older. There are around three people of working age for each of them. If this trend continues, the burden on the social security system may exceed the capacity of the labour market and the population of working age. 

At the same time, it is worth remembering that in Europe today, on average, around 40-50% of pensioners work, while in Poland, only around 16-17% are economically active. Half of the retirees in Warsaw are individuals who have relatively recently left the labour market - they are 60-70 years old - there are about 250,000 of them, and some of them would like to continue working. 

For more details visit You can also write to the project implementers at: or call a special hotline: 22 391 13 00 (switchboard) and dial 3. Information concerning the project is also published on the FB of the Warsaw Labour Office