Thammasat U lecturer 37.9% of elderly people still work

Thammasat University

Thammasat University

Lecturer of the Faculty of Economics, Thammasat University Asst.Prof.Dr.Nongnuch Soontornwetchakarn revealed that a survey on the working status of the Thai population in 2008 found that 37.9% of people who were 60 years and older, still worked.

Meanwhile 77% of senior people, who had not worked already, did not want to work or could not work, while the rest were jobless and looking for a job.

The ratio of elderly males to females is 60 to 40 both in working group and not working group. Thus, the Foundation of Thai Gerontology Research and Development is prepared to propose that the government extends the retirement age in order to allow elderly people to continue working appropriately.

She said that most of the elderly males and females worked in wholesale, retail, automobile repairing industries, followed by hotel industry and restaurants. Regarding the education of the elderly people who still worked, most of them were uneducated or had lower than primary education, except in hotel industry.