Job-search struggles of vulnerable PMETs aged over 40

The Government has implemented a range of programmes in recent years to retrain mature workers and help them find jobs.
The Government has implemented a range of programmes in recent years to retrain mature workers and help them find jobs.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Ms Melinda Eng, 50, left her general manager job in mid-2016, when the business environment turned sour and her company, which produces advertising accessories, could no longer afford to pay her monthly salary of $5,000.

Over the next four years, she applied for well over 100 jobs but met with little success. The few prospective employers who met her would not believe she would accept markedly lower remuneration packages.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2020, with the headline 'Job-search struggles of vulnerable PMETs aged over 40'. Subscribe