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Singapore workers seek jobs offering progress and higher pay: jobsDB

Nurdianah Md Nur | Aug. 5, 2013
Respondents believe that being able to thrive in stressful situations, work with people of different cultures and having respect for hierarchy are important in order to secure a job in the republic.

According to jobsDB's recent National Day Survey, workers in Singapore viewed the opportunity to progress and earn higher incomes as important when it comes to securing a job in the republic.

Held from 9 to 12 July in Singapore, the online survey covered over 2,000 respondents.

Eighty-four percent of the respondents rated the opportunity to progress in a new role as highly important when looking for a prospective employer.

It was also revealed that 77 percent of the respondents would switch jobs to secure a higher income. Ironically, 67 percent of them would be willing to accept a lower salary to secure a job. This hints that while workers in Singapore are ambitious, many of them consistently felt undervalued.

The cost of a desired job
While respondents indicated that they want jobs allowing them to progress and earn higher incomes, they believed that it comes at a cost.

Ninety-five percent of the respondents believed the ability to work in stressful situations is vital to securing a job in Singapore. This reflects the high pressure environments that workers felt they are exposed to.

Hierarchy seems to be prevalent in Singapore's working environment too as 80 percent of the respondents rated having respect for hierarchy as important.

Given Singapore's culturally diverse workforce, respondents also indicated the ability to work with people of different cultures (94 percent) as important. This finding is further reinforced with 67 percent of respondents believing that being a part of a culturally diverse team is important when evaluating a prospective employer.

 

JobsDB infographic of what is important to Singapore workers
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