Who’s The Happiest Of Them All? (In South East Asia)

The online employment site, Jobstreet, complies what is known as the Happiness Index.

This index looks at how happy people are with their jobs in South East Asian countries, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines and Thailand.

Filipinos have the highest rate of job satisfaction, with 73% stating that they are happy with their jobs. Next in line were Indonesians (71 percent), followed by Thai (61 percent), Vietnamese (60 percent) and people in Hong Kong (57 percent).

Scores for Singaporeans and Malaysians were the lowest, coming in at 48% and 47%, respectively.

Respondents were also asked how happy they are with their jobs on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being extremely unhappy and 10 being extremely happy. Here are the ratings:

  • Philippines: 6.25
  • Indonesia: 6.16
  • Thailand: 5.74
  • Hong Kong: 5.54
  • Vietnam: 5.48
  • Malaysia: 5.22
  • Singapore: 5.09

So what makes people in The Philippines like their job? According to the report, the biggest contributors are good relations with colleagues, convenient location of work and the employer’s reputation. Factors that are the main cause of unhappiness include low salary, lack of benefits and dearth of training/learning opportunities.

In terms of happiness levels for different industries in The Philippines, here are the results (from happiest to least happy):

  • Government (6.66)
  • Education (6.53)
  • Oil (6.49)
  • Retail (6.08)
  • Banking & finance (6.03)
  • Business process outsourcing/call center (5.99)

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