MPs want to lower the retirement age for the public sector from 65 to 55.
Government employees’ retirement age.To provide young people an opportunity to work in the public sector, a parliamentary committee is contemplating lowering the obligatory retirement age from the current 60 years to 55 years.
On Thursday, August 3, it was announced that the Public Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which is now being examined by the Labour Committee of the National Assembly, will include an amendment to the proposed law setting a 55-year retirement age.
The present Act will be changed by Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru to prohibit any officer from serving in an acting capacity for more than six months.
Government employees’ retirement age.
Legislators’ proposal to lower the retirement age to 55 years has five main justifications.
1. Creating more opportunities for young people:
MPs want to reduce the retirement age of civil servants to 55 in order to provide more employment opportunities for young people in the public sector. By retiring older employees, it allows for new job openings that can be filled by the younger generation.
2. Addressing the demands of civil servants: Some MPs believe that the jobs of civil servants are less strenuous compared to other professions, and therefore, a lower retirement age is justifiable. This would enable civil servants to retire earlier and potentially enjoy a longer retirement period.
3. Financial implications for the government: The proposal to reduce the retirement age raises concerns about increased financial pressure on the government. With more civil servants retiring earlier, it may result in higher pension payments, adding to the existing struggles of the government to meet pension costs.
4. Promoting qualified individuals in acting roles: The bill also includes provisions for acting appointments in public offices. It specifies that only qualified individuals can serve in those roles, ensuring that the right candidates are selected to temporarily fill important positions within the public sector.
5. Supporting the youth: MPs advocating for an even lower retirement age than 55 aim to further benefit the youth by creating even more job opportunities. This would allow the younger generation to enter the workforce earlier and contribute to the public sector.