SINGAPORE (Bernama) – From Jan 1, 2015, the Singapore Public Service will formalise arrangements to offer re-employment to all eligible officers till age 67.
In a statement, the Public Service Division said this would immediately benefit some 800 public officers turning 65 years old next year.
It said the Public Service Division had studied the recommendations made by the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers on extending the re-employment age.
As one of the largest employers in Singapore, the Public Service, which has 139,000 officers, will take the lead to re-employ officers up to age 67.
The decision to extend the re-employment age by two years is taken in consultation with the ministries, statutory boards and public sector unions.
Public officers are currently re-employed up to age 65 when they reach the statutory retirement age of 62.
Before yesterday’s announce-ment, public agencies are already voluntarily re-employing officers beyond age 65, if the officers wish to continue working and they can contribute to the work of the agencies.
There are about 1,000 public officers re-employed beyond age 65 today.
On the move, James Wong, deputy secretary (Policy), Public Service Division, Prime Minister’s Office said: “Re-employment allows the public service to continue tapping on our seniors’ wealth of knowledge and experience. It also allows our older colleagues to remain meaningfully engaged.
“In the Public Service Division, I am glad to work alongside several of our re-employed colleagues who, in addition to contributing to our work, also help to mentor and coach our younger officers.”