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NESDB told to work on finding jobs for the elderly

Sep 14. 2017
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By The Nation

PM’s Office Minister Suvit Maesincee has told the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) to come up with measures to help the elderly find employment.

Suvit said on Thursday that he had told the NESDB to speed up coordination with the Labour Ministry to carry out a survey of the number of elderly people who would need employment to live their lives.

“The survey must find out how many elderly people are still physically fit and want to work. Then, we will find them proper work that need not be permanent or high-paid, but jobs that should be appropriate for the knowledge, capability and physical fitness of the elderly,” Suvit said.

A recent survey found that there were 11.68 million elderly people and about 40.3 per cent or 4.7 million of them were still working.

The NESDB has estimated that in about 20 years, 30 per cent of Thai population will be made up of elderly people.

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