People in the European Union can expect to work almost two years longer than 10 years ago.
According to Eurostat, the expected working life of a person in the EU stood at 35.4 years in 2015, an increase of 1.9 years compared to 2005.
Duration of working life has increased more rapidly for women (32.8 years in 2015 compared with 30.2 years in 2005, or +2.6 years) than for men (37.9 years in 2015 compared with 36.7 years in 2005, or +1.2 year).
Irish men worked 38.9 years as of 2015 while women here have an an average working life of 30.9 years.
Ruth Deasy from the EU office in Dublin said: "Working lives are very gradually increasing, including in Ireland where particularly for women they're working 1.8 years longer than they were 10 years ago. Irish men on the other hand are working slightly less.
Swedish people have the longest working lives at 41.2 years, and Italy has the shortest at 30.7 years.
Eurostat's duration of working life indicator measures the number of years a person aged 15 is expected to be active (meaning either employed or unemployed) in the labour market throughout his/her life. This indicator is derived from demographic data and labour market data.