Several key sectors including higher education institutions have a skills
shortage in South Africa. Combined with aging of its workforce, higher
education institutions may find it increasingly difficult to maintain
adequate numbers of skilled and experienced employees to fulfill their
core functions. This study assesses the impact of mandatory retirement
age on the workforce of a higher education institution in South Africa.
The data were obtained from the Human Resources of the higher education institution and using an estimation model. The results indicate that a mandatory retirement age of 60 years has a negative impact on the future size of permanent academic staff in the
short-to-medium term. However, a mandatory retirement age of 65 years or even higher has positive impact on the number of permanent academic staff in the institution