Why the retirement age is irrelevant for Singapore

To retire or not to retire - employer flexibility is the answer.

I am turning 50 next year. This means I have only 12 more years to work, given that Singapore's minimum retirement age is 62. In my middle age, I start questioning why retirement is even necessary. I love what I do and going to work gives me a greater sense of purpose every day.

While the Tripartite Workgroup on Older Workers is contemplating raising the statutory retirement age, I believe the policy should be scrapped altogether because of Singapore's ageing population.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 18, 2019, with the headline 'Why the retirement age is irrelevant for Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe