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40.9 percent in Singapore stop at one, 26.3 percent at two

F.Y. Teng | March 12, 2012
A poll shows the majority of professionals in the Republic accepting the first or the second job offer that comes their way.

In Singapore, 40.9 percent of professionals accept the first job offer, and 26.3 percent wait till the second one comes around. That’s according to an online single-question survey conducted from January 14, 2012 through March 2, 2012, by recruitment specialists at Robert Walters, which released its latest Global Web Poll results on Monday (March 12, 2012).

Visitors to Robert Walters’ various websites were asked the question: “Before accepting your last role, how many job offers did you receive?” To which they were expected to choose one of the following: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5 or more. A total of 31,460 responses from 19 countries–including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia–were registered in the global poll.

The overall results are not too dissimilar from the Singapore ones—the majority of respondents had said yes by their second job offer: 35.1 percent (11,050 respondents) accepted their first offer, and 32.4 percent (10,190) their second.

Reading into these results, executives Robert Walters said that “this is indicative of the cautiously optimistic approach for both employers as well as professionals seeking new jobs, particularly in today’s sentiment-driven job market.”

“Many organisations are currently careful in assessing global economic uncertainty as a factor in making headcount decisions,” their statement to the press continued. “Consequently, professionals are aware of the current conservative climate in the job market and therefore are more likely to accept the first job offer they receive.”

The results of some individual countries differ markedly, of course.

Specific numbers that came out of the Robert Walters Global Web Poll referred to in this story below.

Before accepting your last role, how many job offers did you receive?

                               Votes          %

OVERALL (GLOBAL)
One                       11,050        35.1
Two                       10,190        32.4
Three                      5,470        17.4
Four                         1,590        5.1
Five or more          3,160        10.0

Singapore
One                             560        40.9
Two                             306        26.3
Three                          290        21.2
Four                               80        5.8
Five or more                 80        5.8

Malaysia
One                                70        18.9
Two                                90        24.3
Three                             40        10.8
Four                                10        0.2
Five or more                  60        16.2

China
One                                 70        31.0
Two                                 50        22.0
Three                              60        27.0
Four                                30        13.0
Five or more                  10        4.0

Hong Kong
One                               100        33.3
Two                               110        36.6
Three                              50        16.6
Four                                 10        3.3
Five or more                  30        10.0

Japan
One                                 50        12.5
Two                                 10        25.0
Three                              50        12.5
Four                                 20        5.0
Five or more                  30        7.5

Thailand
One                                 10        25.0
Two                                 10        25.0
Three                              20        50.0
Four                                   0        0.0
Five or more                     0        0.0

Vietnam
One                                  10        50.0
Two                                     0        0.0
Three                               10        50.0
Four                                     0        0.0
Five or more                       0        0.0

United States
One                                 150        34.9
Two                                 170        39.5
Three                                60        14.0
Four                                  20        4.7
Five or more                    30        7.0

United Kingdom
One                            1,100        39.6
Two                            1,030        37.0
Three                            370        13.3
Four                                 60        2.2
Five or more                220        7.9

 

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