Differences between the sexes, pensions… Lessons from the DREES on pensions

Barthélémy Philippe, edited by Yanis Darras
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8:13 a.m., February 22, 2023

Against the background of pension reform, the department of research, studies and the evaluation of statistics, draws up an assessment of pensions in France. Among the points discussed, the increasing number of retirees, the decline in the retirement age, but also the differences in treatment between men and women.

The pension reform continues to mobilize the unions, which call for “putting France to a halt” on March 7. While the text of the government must land in a few days in the Senate, the direction of research, studies, evaluation and statistics of the Ministry of Health, the DREES, presents its latest figures on pensions in France.

A goldmine of information, which primarily highlights the increase in the number of retirees in France. France has nearly 17 million, the majority of whom are women. Another important point: the French are retiring later and later. The average now stands at 62 years and seven months, compared to 60 and a half in 2010. Women even leave at 63, ten months later than men.

40% lower pensions for women

“Women currently tend to leave on average later than men. And that is essentially a reflection of the fact that they have more incomplete careers” than men, notes at the microphone of Europe 1 the head of the office Retreats at DREES, Anthony Marino. “And inevitably, when you have a very incomplete career, you are still encouraged to avoid the discount, to reach the age of cancellation of the discount, which is now 67 years old”, he continues.

On the pension side, the latter now amounts, on average, to 1,500 euros. Again, women are disadvantaged, with an average pension 40% lower than that of men. The fault in particular with wage inequalities, and more choppy careers.