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Ageing society

Hong Kong’s job market has no room for the elderly

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 1:33pm
UPDATED : Monday, 02 April, 2018, 1:33pm

As a retiree who is still young under the definition provided by the United Nations, I hate to say that age discrimination is not uncommon in Hong Kong.

It is really disheartening to see how some employers, especially in the private sector, will often reject applications by saying that the retirement age for their staff is 60.

If we just call any of the recruiters in Hong Kong and give them our name, age and experience, we can see how they will immediately show no interest in retirees.

I wonder whether the EOC or Labour Department would do something to help improve the healthy development of the [job] market

Although I am glad that there are still a lot of vacancies in some industries, I wonder whether the Equal Opportunities Commission or the Labour Department would do something to help improve the healthy development of the employment market in Hong Kong.

The point is that even when one is old, one should not be turned away when one can do the job well. Of course, young people would argue that job opportunities should be left to them, but I do not think all the chief executives of major companies would agree.

Lawrence Choi, Prince Edward