Employees in the Singapore Public Service can look forward to
early implementation of re-employment guidelines in July 2011, ahead of
the national legislation.
Re-employment will give officers the opportunity to work up to age 65 years in the first instance and, later, up to age 67 years
Employees in the Singapore Public Service can look forward to early
implementation of re-employment guidelines in July 2011, ahead of the
The 124,000-strong Public Service, comprising 15 ministries and more
than 50 statutory boards, accounts for about 4 per cent of the workforce
and is one of the largest employers in Singapore.
Working closely with ministries, statutory boards and public sector
unions, the Public Service Division has issued guidelines on
re-employing staff who reach the statutory retirement age of 62 years.
This comes after close consultation with union leaders.
Re-employment will give officers the opportunity to work up to age 65
years in the first instance and, later, up to age 67 years. Explaining
the rationale for introducing reemployment, Ms Bernadette Sim, Director
of Careers and Attraction, Public Service
Division, Prime Minister’s Office said: “Officers
will be able to remain economically productive and be meaningfully
engaged in their golden years while the Public Service will continue to
benefit from the wealth of institutional knowledge and experience that
these older officers bring with them.”
The guidelines for the Public Service takes reference from the
Tripartite Guidelines on Re-employment of Older Employees issued earlier
this year to help businesses and employees prepare for re-employment
when legislation comes into force in early 2012.
The guidelines are also adapted from an earlier PSD Advisory issued
in January 2009, which outlined good practices for re-employment in the
The guidelines cover the following areas: identification of
eligible officers, terms of reemployment contracts and preparing
officers for re-employment:
- To qualify for re-employment, an officer must have, in the three
years prior to retirement, put in satisfactory work performance as well
as have no disciplinary action taken against them. They must also be
medically fit to continue working.
- When offering re-employment, public service organizations should
take into consideration officers’ preferences and the availability of
suitable positions in the organization. Public service organizations may
re-employ officers in jobs similar to that before retirement, or on
other arrangements such as part-time, job-sharing, or project work.
Salaries will be determined taking into consideration the job level and
any revised job arrangements.
- Officers nearing 62 years old are encouraged to attend a
pre-retirement and re-employment preparation course at the Civil Service
College to help them plan early for their retirement and re-employment.
Eligible officers should be informed at least six months before
retirement to discuss re-employment, with an offer to be made at least
three months before retirement.
- Public service organisations will help officers not offered
re-employment with career information and resources for their job
search. Public service organizations will give a one-time lump sum
Employment Assistance Payment (EAPayment) to eligible officers who are
not offered re-employment.
The Public Service has started re-employing its officers even before
the issuance of these guidelines. Last year, about 90% of 820 public
officers who retired at the age of 62 years were offered re-employment.
Of those offered re-employment, 540 officers (or 74%) accepted the
The majority of those not offered re-employment did not meet at least one of the eligibility criteria.
Those who declined re-employment cited reasons such as having other plans or preferring not to continue working.