Women least satisfied with their jobs in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, survey finds

The office crowd in the Central Business District (CBD) area in Singapore.
The office crowd in the Central Business District (CBD) area in Singapore. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Women employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia are the least satisfied with their current employers - and are the least likely to do anything about it - a survey by recruitment firm Randstad revealed.

In these three countries an average of 59 per cent of women noted they were satisfied with their workplace, compared with the global average for women of 70 per cent, according to Randstad's Workmonitor survey for the first quarter of 2017.

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

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

The survey also found that women in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia were less happy with their current employers than men there - their average of 59 per cent who felt satisfied was notably less than 66 per cent of men who felt the same.

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 employer, compared to 62 per cent in Singapore and 72 per cent in Malaysia.

Hong Kong women were found to be the least satisfied group of employees, with less than half (49 per cent) being satisfied with their current jobs.

The Workmonitor research report went on further to find that despite the lower satisfaction held by wome employees around their jobs, they were also the least likely to do something about it and start looking for a new job opportunity.

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.

Employees in Hong Kong in general were also 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.

Managing director for Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Michael Smith said company research shows women typically have different requirements for their jobs in contrast to those of men, "with women tending to seek positive working environments, accessibility and flexibility from their employers."

"The gap between gender satisfaction with their roles reveals that there is still work to be done by employers to address their employer value proposition to properly suit the needs of their entire workforces," he said.