Survey: Malaysian women among most unhappy with jobs

An average of 41 per cent of women in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong admitted they were unhappy about their present workplace, Randstad’s Workmonitor survey for the first quarter of 2017 found. — Reuters pic
An average of 41 per cent of women in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong admitted they were unhappy about their present workplace, Randstad’s Workmonitor survey for the first quarter of 2017 found. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Women in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong are the most dissatisfied workers globally, but are also the least likely to do anything about it, a survey by recruitment firm Randstad revealed.

An average of 41 per cent of women in the three countries admitted they were unhappy about their present workplace, Randstad’s Workmonitor survey for the first quarter of 2017 found.

Notably, the survey also found their male counterparts much happier with their jobs. The men who said they were content averaged at 66 per cent while the women at 59 per cent.

Of the three countries, Hong Kong employees were found to be the least satisfied with their current employer. Only 54 per cent of employees there were happy with their current job compared to 62 per cent in Singapore and 72 per cent in Malaysia.

In Hong Kong, the women employees were the least happy, as less than half (49 per cent) said they were satisfied with their current jobs.

Comparatively, women in Mexico (87 per cent), India (83 per cent) and Norway (81 per cent) were the most satisfied with their current employer.

Despite the apparent discontent, the Workmonitor research report went on to state that these women employees were also the least likely to act and look for new jobs.

Compared to 35 per cent of men in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, only 31 per cent of female employees stated that they are currently looking for a new job.

Of the three, the survey found employees in Hong Kong to be the least likely to do something about their job situation; only 29 per cent of employees in Hong Kong are looking for a new job compared to 35 per cent in Singapore and 36 per cent in Malaysia.

The quarterly survey was launched in 2003 and now covers 34 countries around the world. 

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