Exploring the Relevant Factor of Job Sustainability among Middle-Aged and Elderly Workers in Taiwan

  • Chin, Wei-Shan (PI)

Project: A - Government Institutionb - National Science and Technology Council

Project Details


With the trade of a decline in the birth rate and an increase in life expectancy, many developed countries now face population ageing and decline in the size of their workforce. Some European and developed countries are now enhancing incentives to encourage working at an older age to decrease the economic burden of population ageing. For encouraging middle-aged and elderly workers to stay in employment, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan introduced a draft act that ensures equality in the workplace for middle-aged and elderly workers in July 2019. However, in previous longitudinal cohorts of middle-aged and elderly workers in European nations, they found that many factors could influence workers’ decision of extending working life. Workers’ health status and work condition are two of most importantly relevant factors for extending working life. Taiwan is now facing a rapidly shrinking and aging population. Some industries encounter the long-running scarcity of workers. Most of surveys about the sustainability of work in middle-aged and elderly workers were conducted in European and developed countries. For our knowledge, there is insufficient information about job sustainability of middle-aged and elderly workers and hence further research is required in this area. Therefore, we proposed a three-year project to explore the risk factors of middle-aged and elderly workers’ job sustainability in the industries of transportation and storage and wholesale and retail trade. In this three-year project, we intend to conduct the following investigate: (1). to explore the relevant factors of influencing middle-aged and elderly workers’ job sustainability by qualitative interview (2). to build up Taiwan middle-aged and elderly workers’ cohort, understand their work condition, work exposure, common health hazard and occupational diseases, and determining the relevant factors of job sustainability. (3). to establish the intervention of occupational health care for middle-aged and elderly workers and detect the effect of the intervention on workers’ job sustainability.
Effective start/end date1/1/2012/31/20


  • middle-aged and elderly workers
  • job sustainability
  • transportation and storage industries
  • wholesale and retail trade industries
  • occupational health care


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