The expected duration of working life in Malta is 34.1 years, slightly lower than the 36 year-average in the EU, according to Eurostat.
However, Malta also had the largest gender gap (12 years) from all EU member states, meaning that while the average Maltese man has a working life span of 39.9 years, the average Maltese woman’s working lifespan is just 27.9 years.
The duration of the working life indicator estimates how long a person who is currently 15 years old will be active in the labour market during his or her life, for a given country and year.
In 2017, the expected duration of working life in the European Union (EU) was 36 years, 3 years longer than in 2000.
When the figures are examined at the level of EU Member States, the duration of working life ranged from 32 years in Italy to 42 years in Sweden.
At the EU level, there was a difference of five years between men and women, with men at 38 years, and women at 33 years.
The duration of working life was longer for men than for women in most EU Member States in 2017, with the exception of two countries (Lithuania and Latvia).
Latvia had no difference in the length of working life between men and women, and in Lithuania the duration of working life was longer for women than for men.