Limit to jobs available to older workers

It is good to see discussion on how we can tweak mindsets and jobs to suit older employees.

However, we must acknowledge the fact that as one ages, changes to our body and health will set limitations on the types of jobs that are suitable.

There will be fewer management jobs, by nature of the office hierarchy. Automation and technology will also be replacing more jobs in the future, for example, bus drivers and cabbies.

We must, therefore, accept that while the law can raise the retirement age, we cannot ensure employment and the availability of suitable jobs.

As an advocate of our Central Provident Fund (CPF), I believe in working hard while I can and growing my retirement funds to safeguard my golden years.

As the re-employment age rises from 65 to 67, it becomes important that we do not raise the CPF drawdown age of 65 along with it.

Lee Ju Guang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 08, 2016, with the headline 'Limit to jobs available to older workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe