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Many working out of need, not out of choice

Vulnerability and need, or active ageing and choice? It is in actual fact a mixed picture. Ultimately, elderly workers cannot take economic security for granted, as work continues to become more flexible and less secure across the economy, with more taking up part-time and contract work.

Many working out of need, not out of choice

Ng Kok Hoe For The Straits Times

Published 18 May 2017

“Demographic trends indicate that, in future, older people will have fewer working-age children to rely on for financial support. This is worrying as adult children have traditionally been the most important source of income in old age. Already, co-residence with adult children, which helps to defray elderly parents’ costs of living, is falling rapidly.”

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