Number of old age pensioners up in 2013
Statistics on the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) show a continued increase in old age pensioners as well as in the expenditures on pension benefits in 2013.
|Own production (NOK million)||10 010||10 806||11 499|
|Transfers (NOK million)||357 978||378 064||397 851|
|Activities and services|
|Recipients of unemployment benefits (yearly average)||59 765||53 120||53 685|
|Recipients of sickness benefits (per 30 June)||122 332||118 392||115 689|
|Recipients of disability pension||306 653||309 887||305 886|
|Old age pensioners||718 667||760 025||800 350|
|People on unemployment measures||75 512||75 166||72 716|
|Employed persons aged 15-74 (LFS) (1 000 persons)||2 543||2 591||2 610|
|Unemployed persons aged 15-74 (LFS) (1 000 persons)||86||86||95|
NAV increased the working budget by 6.4 per cent in 2013, to NOK 11.5 billion. The number of contracted man-years adjusted for long-term leave increased from 2012 to 2013, to 12 600 man-years. A total of 800 350 persons received an old age pension in 2013, while the number in 2012 was 760 025. This is an increase of 5.3 per cent; which is a smaller increase than in 2012.
Further increase in pension payments
The figure shows the development in the public spending that the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) paid out in the period from 2008 to 2013 in connection with:
- Old age
- Absenteeism (sickness benefit, disability, vocational rehabilitation allowance, work assessment allowance and rehabilitation allowance)
- Medical assistance
- Other social security and benefit schemes
It is particularly expenditures in connection with old age that make up the largest share of the expenditure by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration on the population.
Growing number of old age pensioners
Old age pension expenditure in 2013 was NOK 164 billion; an increase of more than 9 per cent. Old age pension is a right that is accrued and which is affected by how the pension system is modelled, as well as the number of people who are making use of the rights they have accrued.
Old age pension made up more than 41 per cent of the total expenditure by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration on the population in 2013. There was an increase in expenditures on pension benefits in the period from 2008 to 2013 of 56 per cent, while the other social security and benefit schemes increased by 25 per cent in the same period.
Fall in number receiving disability pension
A total of 305 886 persons received disability pension in 2013. NOK 61.7 billion was paid due to disability. There was more than a 1 per cent decrease in the number of recipients of disability pension in Norway in 2013. This makes up almost 16 per cent of the total expenditure by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration in 2013.
Fewer receiving child support payments, but more receiving the cash benefit
In the period from 2006 to 2013, a decreasing number have received child support payments. Where a parent does not live with a child, the parent has an obligation to pay child support payments. In 2006, 109 167 persons received child support payments, while in 2013 the corresponding figure was 82 021.
Child benefit is a national insurance benefit that is paid to all persons with children under 18 years. In 2013, there were 667 978 recipients of child benefit. The corresponding figure in 2012 was 660 786, so the number increased in 2013. There was also an increase in the number of recipients of cash-for-care benefits; 16 207 persons received this in 2013.