China to gradually extend retirement age

Jinghua Shibao Dec 11The issue of raising China’s retirement age has been a topic of discussion for many years already, and today various newspaper front pages in China are reporting the comments of a government official who says that the age will gradually be raised.

In an interview with CCTV, Hu Xiaoyi 胡晓义, vice-minister of human resources and social security, stated that the retirement age for men and women will be raised, but only after society has been given sufficient notice. He also said that the retirement age will be raised little by little and not via one major one-off adjustment.

The current retirement age is 60 for men, 55 for female white collar workers, and 50 for female manual laborers. Yet these ages have come under increasing scrutiny as the average life expectancy in China has now increased to 76.

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Beijing Times: 延迟退休将一年推迟几个月

An English commentary on the vice-minister’s comments can be read here.