retirable age

@SIMPLYD (79665)
Philippines
August 23, 2011 10:07pm CST
I have observed that here in the Philippines, the required age for applying in most companies is at least 30. So those, who are above that age would have to boost many good work experiences so they could be taken for higher positions that doesn’t require that age. That’s why also, some employees would stick to their job when they reach 30 and above, until they retire, for fear that they can’t find any job anymore that would hire them. Pitiful, but it’s true . However , I have observed that in other countries, even senior citizens could still be accepted for work . My aunt staying in the US , even if she is already 74 and receiving her monthly pension is still working as a cashier in a big supermarket. But , she will be coming home for good soon. But here, once you are a senior citizen, even if you are still strong and able, you cannot find a job anymore. Even teaching jobs has been limited to age 65 or 70. I just hope that when I am retired, online jobs will proliferate so I can still work and not be deterred by my age.
4 responses
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
I think there's already a move to take out the age limit as part of the qualifications. To me having an age qualification doesn't sound right. It's a just a ploy for employers to use so they can hire younger employees who wouldn't have higher salary expectations. Fresh graduates would normally just accept any job since either they don't have that much choice or they just want to gain enough experience. I think it's about time a law is enacted making it illegal to set an age limit not unless you're already at retirement age but even that is not an option to deter those who are old and yet are still capable of working from preventing them to join the work force.
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@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
Oh, that's nice to hear that they are making a move to take out the age limit in job applications. You are correct, it's actually a company's strategy to want younger ones because they cannot haggle for a bigger salary, since they don't have much experience yet. But i think, that's unfair labor practice too. There should be a standard rate for each job being applied to. Back to the retirable age, i hope the government could still give other benefits to those senior citizens.
@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
Actually that is true. A lot of unemployed aged 35 and above, after having resigned from their previous jobs have difficulty applying anew for a job. They said that it's because they were said to be overage. Sad, but it happens. I just hope this could be corrected . So finally, you really updated by answering to some of my discussions.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
26 Aug 11
So you noticed..... Well, I'm trying to make up for all the discussions I missed or rather ignored . The good thing is, my earnings are increasing too. I missed those payout, it's been half a year since I had the last one. So I hope you can up with me more discussions. Going back to age the requirement, man, I'm I guess on at borderline already.
• China
24 Aug 11
I don't know how the senior citizens feel after they retire,but I do see some one got bored of life of retirement.I will try to enjoy life when I'm retired,or just do some part time job. Being old doesn't mean we are useless,we've worked for something for a very long time when we were young.
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@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
24 Aug 11
That's correct! At least now, here in the Philippines, some bills were passed to benefit the senior citizens. It's about time to give the senior citizens what they truly deserve after working hard for so many years. I just hope when i will be on my retirement years, additional benefits will be accorded to the senior citizens.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
26 Aug 11
There is one practice in the job market in Asia that I don't particularly like. That is the high importance put in age. I've noticed that even CV's there note how old the applicant is. Although that is good for the company, as they can keep their workforce young (and inexpensive), it isn't really saying much on how some 'old-er' people can still do the job.
@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
26 Aug 11
I really just hope that the practice of having a younger age requirement in job applications be eliminated. Older ones could be wiser and experienced , don't you think so?
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
26 Aug 11
It's actually a form of discrimination, which should be totally eliminated.
@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
27 Aug 11
Correct!
@sammy14 (835)
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
Age should not be the gauge whether to employ a person or not. It should be the capability as well as its capacity to do the job. There those who are very much capable who are at a younger age and have the zest to do the job.
@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
25 Aug 11
That's what it should be sammy, the capability not the age. But it seems its not what is being practiced here in the Philippines. But in other countries , they don't do this. I envy those in other countries.