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Survey finds 60% against women retiring at the same age as men

Should women retire at the same age as men to ensure gender equality?

More than 60 percent of Shanghai residents disapproved of the idea, a survey found yesterday.

The survey, with 770 respondents, was designed to find out what people thought about women’s retirement age before the Women’s Day tomorrow.

About half of the respondents considered 55 the best age for women to retire, according to the Shanghai Statistics Bureau. Most of the respondents believed it would be too physically strenuous for women to work after 55.

The retirement age in China is 60 for men and 55 or 50 for women, depending on the nature of jobs. For heavy laborers or those doing dangerous work, men can even retire at 55 and women at 45.

With subtle changes in the Chinese labor market and an increase of better educated women, some officials and experts suggested that women’s retirement age should be postponed to sustain the country’s shrinking working population.

According to the bureau, Shanghai’s proportion of women with college education or above in 2010 jumped 8.9 percentage points from that in 2000.


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