This article addresses possible changes in Dutch employers’ behavior regarding the recruitment and retention of older workers during the last decade. The authors analyze surveys administered to Dutch employers in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2009. The
results show that efforts to recruit older workers are changing, congruous with the economic climate, while retention behavior shows a clear and rather gradual time effect. The authors conclude that the position of older workers has improved between 2000 and
2008 and has done so in comparison with other underrepresented groups in the labor market. During the recession, recruitment of older workers declined substantially, while efforts to retain older workers are in both absolute and relative terms higher than in
2000. With respect to organizational policies, the authors conclude that throughout the period under observation these policies are dominated by measures that “spare” older workers.
keywords: aging; employers’ behavior; older workers; organizational policies; recruitment; retention.