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China's Jiangsu province eases age limit for construction workers

Facing labor shortage, authorities let people work past national retirement age

Workers gather at the start of their shift at the construction site of the new Workers' Stadium in Beijing, in September 2022.   © Reuters

A provincial government in eastern China is relaxing the upper age limit for construction workers to help resolve labor shortage issues at construction sites, as the country contends with an aging society and blue-collar workforce.

China's national retirement age is 60 for men and as early as 50 for women, but Jiangsu province is allowing laborers who are past retirement age to continue working on construction sites. According to a notice published by the province's Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development on May 25, 10% of a company's workforce at a construction site can be up to five years over the national retirement age for men, or up to 10 years over for women.

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