Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

Emily Cadman

Latest official statistics released on Respect the Aged Day in Japan mark a symbolic milestone for the country with just shy of 32 million people – a quarter of the overall population – now over 65-years-old. (Hat tip to my colleague Ben McLannahan for spotting the numbers.)

Japan’s statistics agency also estimates that by 2035 the proportion of elderly people will rise to over 33 per cent.

Last year the IMF estimated that Japan’s working age population in 2050 would have fallen to the same size as it was at the end of the Second World War. 

Britain’s ranks of managers have risen to more than 3m and are on the brink of overtaking the number of skilled tradesmen such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters.

The number of people classed as managers, directors and senior officials has grown by 7.8 per cent over the past two years to 3.113m, more than a tenth of the workforce, according to data from the Office for National Statistics – the fastest rise of any broad occupational group.

Over the same period, the number of people in skilled trades dropped by 2.2 per cent to 3.137m. Falls were also recorded in sales and customer services staff, process, plant and machinery workers, and “elementary” occupations, which include bar staff and security guards.