Re-employment up to age 67
We are raising the re-employment age to help older workers who wish to continue working as long as you are willing and able.
Employers will be required to offer re-employment to eligible employees from age 62 to 67 to continue employment in your organisation.
You will be eligible for re-employment up to age 67 if you:
- Are a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident.
- Have served your current employer for at least 3 years before turning 62.
- Have satisfactory work performance, as assessed by your employer.
- Are medically fit to continue working.
- Are born on or after 1 July 1952.
If you are born between 1 January 1950 and 30 June 1952, please refer to the current re-employment eligibility.
Re-employment by a different employer
If your employer is unable to re-employ you, your employer can transfer re-employment obligations to another employer instead of paying an Employment Assistance Payment (EAP) to you.
There will be safeguards for you:
- You must be willing to accept re-employment with the other employer.
- The other employer must be willing to take on the existing re-employment obligations for you, including:
- Being required to offer re-employment to you up to age 67.
- Offering EAP should the employer subsequently be unable to offer re-employment to you up to age 67.
More guidelines about re-employment by a different employer will be made available later.
Revised tripartite guidelines
To prepare employers and employees for the new re-employment age that will take effect on 1 July 2017, the tripartite partners have released a revised set of Tripartite Guidelines on Re-employment of Older Employees.
There are two key changes to the revised guidelines:
- Employment Assistance Payment (EAP) amounts
Employers should consider all available re-employment options to identify suitable jobs for eligible employees. If employers are unable to offer re-employment, as a last resort, they must offer an EAP. The revised EAP amounts took into consideration rising wages and that employers’ re-employment obligations will be extended by two years.
- Medical benefits
Employers should use MediShield Life to provide medical benefits to re-employed employees. This can be done by providing additional MediSave contributions in place of in-patient medical benefits. This would make medical benefits more portable.
The current Tripartite Guidelines on Re-employment of Older Employees, dated 11 January 2011, will continue to apply until 1 July 2017.