Article in International Labour Review, Volume 156, No. 3-4, 2017, pp. 525 – 548.
Fleur G. Gommans, Nicole W.H. Jansen, Dave Stynen, IJmert Kant and Andries de Grip
Based on a sample of older workers from the Maastricht Cohort Study, the authors investigate the prevalence and dynamics of self-reported under-skilling and its effects on workers’ need for recovery, their risk of losing employment and their retirement intentions over a two-year period. They find that being underskilled is associated both with higher levels of need for recovery over time and with the risk of losing employment, but not with early retirement intentions. To achieve sustainable employment, they argue, the course of under-skilling should be monitored throughout workers’ careers, enabling timely interventions to avoid its negative consequences.