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Ageing Population Threat on Pension Systems

The world is currently undergoing a significant demographic transformation which is already impacting our current pension systems.

Decreasing contributions

There will be less people paying in to the pension systems due to the demographic shift.

Rising deficit

As people are living longer, the total amount of pensions paid out will continue to increase.

Imbalanced schemes

The demographic shift acts as a main driver in unsustainable financial development of pension systems, which require reform.

With the rising number of elderly individuals, there is an imminent need to recalibrate systems previously designed for different population dynamics. The pension mechanism, intended to assist people in their retirement years, stands at the forefront of this change.
Understand the implications for pension systems amidst the demographic shift.


Working Population Decline
As the ageing population continues to grow, a corresponding decline in the working-age populace emerges. Fewer individuals entering the workforce translates into a reduced number of contributors to pension funds. The decrease in contributions is worrying for systems that rely on younger workers funding pensions for older people.
Implementing Workforce Longevity strategies can help retain older workers for longer. This is an important step in mitigating the sharp decline in contributions.

Economic Strains
A dip in productivity caused by the baby boomers who are starting to retire will adversely affect national income. This might prompt individuals to channel their resources towards immediate needs. People might neglect pension contributions.
By integrating Workforce Analytics, companies can predict workforce trends within their company. This helps to ensure consistent contributions and to maintain a stable economic growth rate.

Shift to Non-traditional Employment
The rising trend of non-traditional or part-time jobs requires Workforce Agility. We need to adapt pension systems to cater to diverse employment models. This ensures that workers remain part of the pension ecosystem as contributors for longer. Offering flexibility on retirement age can also be a topic to explore.


Increased Life Expectancy
Advancements in healthcare prolong life, meaning retirees tap into their pensions for extended periods. This longer retirement phase intensifies outflows from pension funds. Ensuring that retirees continue to contribute past the legal retirement age will reduce the burden on pension funds.

Inadequate Funding
Diminishing contributions, combined with heftier outflows, produce funds ill-prepared for their long-term commitments. This precarious scenario hints at a looming pension crisis. Integrating HR Technology can help extend contributions and predict future trends.


Generational Inequity
The prospect of future generations contributing more but receiving less can lead to perceived inequities. This imbalance may sow social discord and undermine confidence in pension systems. Promoting Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging (DIEB) can foster an inclusive environment. We must act to address generational concerns and ensure that we value everyone.

Systemic Flaws

The shift towards more retirees and fewer active workers endangers the structural integrity of many pension models. Promoting Age Friendly Workplaces that value and support older employees is important. This allows older employees to work and contribute for longer and help stabilise the system.

Need for Reforms

To address these imbalances, reforms, whether they involve adjusting retirement ages, amending benefits, or mandating pension contributions, become inevitable. Instituting Strategic Age Management policies can guide these reforms, ensuring they’re effective and aligned with the changing demographic.

The demographic shift challenges the fabric of established pension systems. Junoverse as an AgeTech leader is serving companies, governments and individuals. We need all stakeholders involved to achieve sustainability for our pension systems.
Adapting, planning, and restructuring are no longer optional; they’re imperative for a secure future. A lack of younger people entering the pension system exists. The most effective way will be to increase the workforce participation among older people.
With informed choices and proactive measures, a resilient pension system capable of weathering demographic shifts is well within reach.

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