Permanent part-time jobs are here to stay, with many older professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) opting for this form of employment because of its flexibility.
The Government should recognise this and require employers to contribute to the workers' Central Provident Fund - albeit at a lower rate.
Some basic benefits and protection could also be accorded to those holding permanent part-time jobs.
This is a large pool of manpower that can be tapped in an ever-tight labour market.
Yeow Hwee Ming