25 Feb '12, 2am

'Frankly, our employers are still a little biased against older Singaporeans,' says Tharman

Singapore has some way to go before it is a place where older workers are valued, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on Friday. 'Frankly, our employers are still a little biased against older Singaporeans,' he said. 'It's partly because they're just used to the fact that they've had lots of young people entering the workforce and that there's foreign labour.' In a video interview with Singapore Press Holdings' Chinese-language portal omy.sg, he said that the need to get employers to 'look very hard' at how they can make the best of older employees was one reason for a number of major Budget initiatives. These include the Special Employment Credit, a wage subsidy to those who hire workers above age 50, and further tightening on foreign workers. Background story HOW THARMAN RELAXES 'I enjoy being with my family, just chatting with my kids, usually about sport ...

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