That's getting quite off-topic, but for those who are interested, I've found a link with a lot of explanation about the pension system at the Paris Opera, which was reformed in 2008:http://www.coach-ret...-paris,d90.html
It's interesting to notice that the system is said to have started in 1698
So, for the dancers:
-the minimal age to get a pension is 40 (and for example 50 for the singers)
-the maximal age to retire is 42, but with the authorization of the direction, the dancers can remain active until
July 31st after their 42nd birthday
-the maximum value of the pension depends of the average salary of the last 3 years in the company
-to get the maximum value of the pension (75% of the average salary above), the dancer must have worked
at least 150 trimesters, so 37,5 years (it will gradually be increased to 40 years in 2012).
Of course, it is totally impossible for a dancer to have worked for such a long time, so they never
get the maximum pension...
Without the decote system, the value of the pension would be proportional to the number
of years of work. For example, in 2012, a dancer who would have worked for 20 years (half of the "compulsory"
20 years) would get 37,5% of the average salary of his/her last 3 years with the company.
-it is possible to get another job and still receive a pension, with some limitations
-there is a "decote" system starting in 2010, but it will evolve gradually until 2024. I wonder if it means that more dancers will choose to retire before 2010 (there was a similar phenomenon for other jobs: that system was meant to force people to retire at a later age, but in fact an unexpected consequence was that at first, more people retired earlier just before the reform was applied...)
If I understand correctly, in the case of the dancers, a percentage (up to 1,25% in 2019) will be deduced for each missing trimester between the retirement age and the age of 45 (but I don't
So, for a dancer retiring at 42 after 2019: 12 trimesters will be missing, so it means that the theoretical value of the pension computed above will be reduced of 15%.
Actually, the system sounds a bit odd for the dancers, as none of them could stay until 45 anyway...
I don't know whether it means that their pensions will be significantly lower than what they used to get before the reform.
But well, anyway, I guess that all of them plan to find another job at 40 or 42 after leaving the company...