University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0203
Survey Title Survey of Employee Attitudes toward the Continued Employment of Elderly Employees, 1998
Depositor Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers
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Summary With "a super-aged society" coming quickly in our country, it has been an important issue to realize society in which at lease 65 year old people can work, not only for the purpose of maintaining the economic vitality for our country but also to cope with some other situations like reduction of labor force by reduction of youth population, raising of pensionable age and very high employment volition of the elderly people in our country. In order to realize such society, it is important to aim at reserving conditions for people from every classes to be able to work until 65 years old. This survey was conducted for the purpose of collecting information required for institutionalization of continuation employment until 65-year old. Concretely, the institutionalization of continuation employment until 65-year old in more than middle scale companies, actual conditions and issues faced by the companies, problems of the related circumference etc., were asked and analyzed. They can be considered as a basic data for social realization of active 65- year old.
This survey investigated the consciousness about their lives until it comes to receive welfare pensions, including reemployment after retirement and extension of retirement age. Samples were the employees aged 40 or more year old and less than 60.
Survey on companies were also carried out in the same year.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Employees aged 40 or more year old and less than 60 of companies having 100 or more employees.
Unit of Observation Organization
Sample Size 108,125 employees (1,146 companies). 74,253 (68.7%) of them returned effective responses.
Date of Collection 1998-10 ~ 1998-12
October - December, 1998
Time Period 1998 ~ 1998
Spatial Unit Throughout Japan
Sampling Procedure (1) To sample companies for the survey, companies in each prefecture were classified into 21 classifications by company scale and industrial classification, and extract according to the rate of the number of companies in each prefectures. (2) To sample individuals, individuals were classified by age class in the above-mentioned extracted companies, and persons in charge in each company were requested to select in consideration of classification of clerical worker and on-site worker, man and women, and managerial position and non-managerial position for each age class.
Mode of Data Collection The Association of Employment Development for Senior Citizens of each prefecture asked the personal affairs department staff of each extracted companies to cooperate with the survey, and the questionnaires were distributed to the corresponding sampled employees. Collection were done by 2 ways: by mail directly from the employees to the Association of Employment Development for Senior Citizens, and received by the Association of Employment Development via personal affairs department staff.
Investigator The Association of Employment Development for Senior Citizens
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.0203
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Keizoku-koyo ni kansuru Jugyoin Ishiki Chosa Kekka Hokokusho [Report of the Survey on employees' opinion concerning continuation employment], December 1999, The Association of Employment Development for Senior Citizens.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items [Survey items}
(1) situation at the time of retirement age: expected age to continuing working.
(2) course after retirement age etc.: expected course after retirement age, reason for hoping to continue working after retirement age, the point of thinking as important when working after the retirement age, way of expected working after retirement age (employment form, contents of work, working hours), reason for retiring from an occupation life, living expenses after welfare pension receipt.
(3) retirement age: retirement age of the companies working for, companies' view over retirement system and retirement age , extension of retirement age of hope, reason for accepting current retirement age, coping for realizing the wished way of working, supposed reason for difficulty of continuation employment
(4) continuation employment system: existence of continuation employment system (extension of employment, reemployment), intention to use continuation employment system, reason for not intent to use continuation employment system, reason for difficult to use continuation employment system.

[Face items]
(1) company and content of work: industry, number of employees, contents of work, executive, status, career, length of employed, qualification and special ability.
(2) respondents and their family: sex, age, educational background, home at the time of retirement age, payment situation of housing loan at the time of retirement age, necessity of caring for family member.
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Version 1 : 2001-08-20
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