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What Is The Maximum working age in Jamaica?

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Is there a government maximum age of 70 that you will not be allowed to work in private sector

RESPONSE: by Deon Clarke

Thank you Anon for your question - good one too!

The typical retirement age here in Jamaica is 60 years. However, the maximum age for males is 70 years and 65 years for females. There may be variations to these age limits however based on the new pension act where early retirement can be an option. Additionally, there are plans to gradually transition the age from 60 to 65 years.

As far as the private sector is concerned, they usually mirror or follow the same principle as the government. However, there are some industries that require employees to have a license and due to the nature of the job, they might not renew the license after age 60 for example.

As you can see, it can get quite complicated.

Additionally, there are some sectors that will allow their employees to work beyond 70 depending on their health condition.

Let us also take a look at some additional questions that could help with answering your question and that you could also find useful.

Can you work at age 70?

At age 70, some persons are still able to carry on with their jobs as they are still pretty healthy. So the answer to this again would be yes, in most instances. You can definitely work at age 70 as long as you are declared medically fit to do so or as long as your health is at an acceptable standard by your employer.

Is there a mandatory retirement age for government employees?

In the government sector, though the normal retirement age is 60 years, an employee has the right to request early retirement and the government also has the right for the compulsory retirement of an employee as deemed necessary once they have reached the age of 55 years. This could even be as early as even 50 years in special circumstances.

What age do you have to stop working?

As you can see from the answers to previous questions, there is no set age limit that you have to stop working as long as you are medically fit to do so.

Can you be forced to retire at age 70?

As mentioned before, the Jamaican government does provide for early retirement as early as up to age 50 in special circumstances which can also be mandatory. So, the answer to this question could be yes depending on the circumstances.

In wrapping up, you can see that there is no government maximum age of 70 to work in the private sector but several conditions apply!

I hope this was insightful to you. But remember your health is your wealth!

If you have additional questions, do consider reaching out to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security here in Jamaica. Their website is:

See also: Do I Need A Work Permit To Work In Jamaica



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