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Ageing society: Civil servants can delay retirement

Jun 21. 2019
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By The Nation

The Office of the Civil Service Commission (OCSC) has issued a regulation allowing some civil servants to postpone their retirement when they turn 60.

To qualify, they must have been employed for at least one year, either as an academic expert in a field at risk of personnel shortages or in a senior general position.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on June 6 signed the third revision of the regulation pertaining to the mandatory retirement age for civil servants. It became effective on Friday, the day after it was published in the Royal Gazette.

The stated rationale for the change was to avoid shortages of personnel in key areas and to recognise the fact that Thailand will in a few years be classified as a “full-fledged ageing society”.

According to the OCSC proposal approved by the Cabinet in May, qualified officials could continue to serve for up to four more years under an initial extension and then three further years under a second. 

The overall extension period cannot exceed 10 years or continue beyond age 70.

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