The old-age dependency ratio (OADR) is a measure of the number of people aged 65 and over for every 100 people of working age (15–64).
A higher OADR implies that there are more people aged 65 and over relative to people of working age. When comparing the OADR across EU countries, please note the state pension age (SPA) across the EU differs, affecting the proportion of people aged 65 and over who may be employed.
The UK’s OADR is broadly average for the EU at 26.4, or approximately 1 older person to every 4 people of working age. Italy has the highest OADR at 32.7, which equates to approximately 1 older person for every 3 people of working age. Germany and Greece also have relatively high OADR. Slovakia has the lowest OADR at 18.4, or approximately 1 older person to every 5 people of working age.