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Most employed people in Latvia are satisfied with their jobs

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore and more often employers experience lack of qualified labour force, as well as increase of employees’ confidence about their competitiveness on the labour market and their openness for better job offers.

In this context it is interesting to observe employees’ general level of satisfaction with their current job, as well as look at reasons that keep people working in the same job and what would motivate them to change jobs.

Employees are generally satisfied with their current jobs

Results of a survey performed by Kantar TNS show that 75% of employers are generally satisfied with their current jobs, while 24% of employees are not entirely satisfied.

It should be said that generally higher-level specialists, managers and people with high personal income (above EUR 700), as well as people who view their workload as appropriate say they are satisfied with their current jobs.

Less satisfied with their jobs are people with low personal income (EUR 300) and people who consider their workload too big or too small.

A comparison of employees’ general level of satisfaction with last year’s period shows that it has increased, whereas the level of dissatisfaction has decreased.

Employees remain in their jobs largely because of confidence about stability of their workplace

Data shows that people remain their jobs thanks to stability (40%). Kantar TNS expert Signe Kaņējeva says that this is largely associated with chosen companies’ sustainable development and importance of employees’ contribution to continued function of the company. It is important for employees to know that the company they work for will still exist tomorrow. Stability was the most often mentioned reason for staying with a single company in last year’s survey.

Other reasons for staying include: lack of better alternatives, problems with finding new jobs (33%), as well as good relations with colleagues and favourable micro-climate (30%).

More notable reasons include appropriate pay (28%), interesting challenges (28%) and location (close to home) (27%).

Workplace stability was traditionally mentioned more often by representatives of the state and municipal sectors, as well as employees of medium-sized and large companies.

Lack of alternatives was mentioned more often by people aged 40 to 55, people employed in Latgale, foreigners, and people with low personal and average family income.

Wages as a reason that keeps people in their current jobs was mentioned as the main reason for sticking with their current jobs was mentioned most often by people with high personal income (above EUR 700), as well as employees of large companies.

Employees would leave their current jobs if they are offered better wages elsewhere

According to survey results, people would leave their current employer if they are offered better pay elsewhere (60%). It should be noted that this reason was also mentioned in previous surveys in 2014 and 2016.

The two other often mentioned reasons are personal reasons (family state, health, age, etc.) and internal reorganization at the company and termination of jobs (18%).

Among the most serious reasons for changing jobs mentioned in this year’s survey are more interesting work, better professional and personal opportunities, as well as better benefits and bonuses (17% for each).

Compared with last year’s survey, respondents mentioned benefits and bonuses less often this year. This may be associated with the general increase of wages in the country.

Better personal and professional growth opportunities are most often mentioned by younger people (18-29). It should be added that younger people are the ones who are open the most for changing jobs.


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  1. Bob says:

    The picture is too pink : See the most recent extensive study on moral harassment / bullying / mobbing at work written in 2010 by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (ISSN 1830-5946). Out of EU-27 plus 4 neighbouring countries, Latvia ranked 23 out of 31. Needless to say that’s not exactly brilliiant.

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