• The low birth rate in HK inevitably jeopardizes HK productivity and competitiveness in recent years. In the coming decade, the number of well-educated retirees who possess professional knowledge, relevant experience and local network will soar to historic peak. Should the Hong Kong employers, including HK Government, be able to provide an elder-friendly working environment for the retired professionals, many of them will return to full or part time employment to fill the gap of labour force shortage. Social and economic development in Hong Kong will benefit from this elderly workforce. While some of the retirees may return to gainful employment to make ends meet, some regard employment or re-employment as social re-engagement for contributing to the society and self-actualization. Making employment practice in HK to accommodate the elderly workforce is thus important.

    Elder-Friendly Employment Practice is a four-year project initiated by The Hong Kong Society for the Aged and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. This project aims to promote and create an "Elder-Friendly Employment Practice"(EFEP) in Hong Kong, which includes the development of a local EFEP framework and a corresponding auditing tool, e.g. flexible working hours, job design, friendly physical environment, supportive policy, etc. In order to establish supportive elderly employment in Hong Kong, the project will focus on advocacy work for the Government, enterprises and society in general. It attempts to create a social atmosphere that will change the attitude towards elderly employment in the community.
    Project Period
    May 2008-April 2012

       Research report
       Project leaflet
       Program STAR - leaflet
       Program STAR - 12th quarter
       " Elder-Friendly Employment Practice" Seminar (Chinese version only)
      - Poster
      - Rundown

    The Hong Kong Society for the Aged
    Chan Dang Centre for Active Ageing

    • Address:

    • Shop No. I, Ground Floor, Prosperous Garden, 16 Tung
      Kun Street, Yaumatei, Kowloon
      2311 2346   Fax: 2311 1875
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    Office Hours:
    Mon-Sat 9:00am - 1:00pm; 2:00pm - 5:30pm

  • Project Goals

    • To develop a local Elder-Friendly Employment Practice framework and a corresponding auditing tool;
    • To educate and facilitate employers in the formation of an elder-friendly working environment that fits the political-economic-social-psycho environment of Hong Kong so that aged workers can be transformed into valuable social assets;
    • To facilitate retired professionals to engage in gainful employment.

     For more details, please refer to Chinese version.