Job dissatisfaction at a high level claims survey
A survey of more than 4,500 employees by the local branch of the international company Jobstreet.com found a majority of Thai workers are planning to change jobs due to dissatisfaction with their current employment situation.
According to Jobstreet Recruitment (Thailand) Co. around 58 percent of those surveyed said they planned to start looking for new employment opportunities, primarily because they were not happy with their salary level.
Only a third of those surveyed used the level of their salary as the main reason for not being happy with their current employment situation. The Thai employment survey found just 13 percent of respondents were satisfied with their present earnings level and nine percent considered their incomes were sufficiently high to ensure they had a happy and secure lifestyle.
Other factors which contributed to the level of job dissatisfaction included a lack of clear parameters for the task or tasks for which they had been employed, a failure of employers to increase their skill sets, and, not surprisingly, poor relationships with supervisors.
More than also suggested their current jobs were either boring or uninteresting and, perhaps going hand-in-hand with this sentiment, some 65 percent suggested they were being underpaid.
Jobstreet.com is a major recruitment firm operating in the ASEAN member states of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam as well as India and Japan.
The company services more than 80,000 corporate customers and has a database of over 10 million jobseekers.
In an April survey of just over 1,000 respondents by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce found that just over a quarter are not receiving the minimum 300 baht a day for unskilled workers. A further third of those surveyed said they are receiving the minimum wage.
What was perhaps notable, and indeed worrying from a future personal security perspective, was that of those surveyed a whopping 90 percent said their average household debt had actually climbed since the introduction of the 300 baht minimum wage bill by the government.
A survey conducted in 2012 had found the average debt was 91,710 baht per household. This survey claimed that figure had now climbed to 98,428 baht per household. That equates to an average increase of more than seven percent in less than a year.
When asked why the increase in the minimum wage had led to a concomitant increase in the level of household debt the vast majority of respondents suggested it was due to the increasing cost of living.