CPF total contribution rates, 1985-2013

The Central Provident Fund was set up as a compulsory savings scheme in 1955 to ensure that workers could take care of themselves in old age. That year, the total contribution rate was 10 per cent. The rate was gradually raised from the late 1960s until it hit an all-time high of 50 per cent in 1984 and 1985. Different contribution rates based on age were later introduced, and the rates have been adjusted according to economic factors.

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Source: CPF Board

Straits Times graphic: Lin Zhaowei