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Countries with highest and lowest job satisfaction

The year 2020 began on a hopeful note, but the unanticipated COVID-19 pandemic put paid to many a dream. The economic downturn caused the pandemic led to shutdowns and production losses, leading to heavy unemployment. However, with economies slowly opening up, job growth is very much visible.

However, here’s a look at a job satisfaction survey conducted in 2019 which reveal some crucial details about employee behaviour and expectations.

The Randstad Workmonitor study covers 34 markets around the world and encompasses Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The study is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility visible over time. The Workmonitor’s Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures the likelihood of an employee changing jobs within the next 6 months, provides a comprehensive understanding of sentiments and trends in the job market.

Besides mobility, the survey addresses employee satisfaction and personal motivation as well as a rotating set of themed questions. The study is conducted online among employees aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). Minimum sample size is 400 interviews per country. The Dynata panel is used for sampling purposes.

• The fourth survey of 2019 was conducted from 22 October until 6 November 2019 in the following markets:

Argentina, Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain, Australia, France, Malaysia, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Brazil, Hong Kong, SAR, Norway, Turkey, Canada, Hungary, Poland, UK, Chile, India, Portugal, US, China, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Japan, Singapore.

2019’s findings revealed that these countries showed highest and least job satisfaction.

  • India: 89%

  • Mexico: 85%

  • United States: 78%

  • China: 74%

  • United Kingdom: 74%

  • Germany: 71%

  • France: 68%

  • Japan: 42%

Further, some of the other findings were as follows:

-56% say that their employer expects them to be available outside of their regular working hours.

-59% claim that they respond immediately to work-related calls, emails and text messages, outside of their regular working hours.

-65% claim that they respond to work-related calls, emails and text messages, outside of their regular working hours, at a convenient time.

-45% say that their employer expects them to be available on phone, email and text messages during the holidays and personal time off.

-43% choose to handle work-related matters during their holidays, because they like to stay involved/updated.

-35% feel pressured to respond to work-related calls, emails and text messages, when they are on holiday

-72% agree that when they are on holiday, they are able to let go of work easily.

-67% sometimes handle private matters during working hours.

Two major findings economic and financial outlook revealed that:

-70% expect their employer to perform better financially in 2020 than in 2019.

-57% expect the economic situation in their country to improve in 2020.

-56% expect to receive a one-time financial reward/bonus at the end of our fiscal year.

-61% expect to receive a pay rise (raise) at the end of this fiscal year.


However, note that, with the coronavirus pandemic breaking out worldwide unexpectedly and leaving the world in a helpless situation, this outlook is now merely wishful thinking. Only the numbers for 2020 can reveal the true story. While we await to take

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