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There is no statutory retirement age in Hong Kong, but Alexa Chow Yee-ping, managing director of AMAC Human Resources Consultants, estimates that 70 to 80 per cent of private companies in Hong Kong have a retirement age of 60.

It was only in recent years that the government raised the mandatory retirement age for many civil servants – excluding the disciplined services – to 65.

Since 2015, around 380 new recruits aged 60 or above have been appointed to the civil service, out of about 173,000 civil servants as of last September.

She says there is no impetus for private companies to follow suit because the earlier retirement age is unlikely to deter potential employees. This is unlike the situation when companies stand to lose out on talent if they do not implement the five-day work week.

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