Over half of Poles plan to keep working past retirement age: study
PR dla Zagranicy
Fifty-four percent of Poles plan to keep working after reaching the country’s new, lower retirement age, according to a study.
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New retirement rules took effect in Poland on Sunday under which women are able to retire at 60 and men at 65.
Lowering the retirement age was a key pledge by Poland’s ruling conservatives. They reversed a 2012 reform by the previous, more economically liberal government that would have ultimately increased the retirement age to 67 for both sexes.
Poland’s Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) predicts that 331,000 people may decide to retire in the final quarter of this year.
A survey commissioned by the Work Service employment agency found that a higher income was the most frequently cited motivation for not retiring.
Elżbieta Rafalska, the family, labour and social policy minister, has voiced hope that many Poles will decide to defer their retirement and stay active professionally despite the new rules.