Workers in Singapore are now happier than ever since the financial crisis in 2008, according to the 2012 JobsCentral Work Happiness survey.
In a poll determining the happiest workers in the country, employees in the compliance department are found to be the happiest with an average work happiness score of 65.5, followed by those in business development coming in second with a score of 63.8.
In a surprise twist, public relations (PR) professionals are the third happiest workers in Singapore with 63.2. They were the unhappiest lot back in 2011. Employees in education/training and marketing were also among the top five happiest professions.
Workers who are the unhappiest belonged to those in editorial/translation, with a score of 54.2. Other unhappy groups of workers include those in merchandising/purchasing (54.8), administration (57.7), finance (57.9) and customer support (58.9).
The survey also revealed that ‘salary’ is now the most important factor to workers, followed by ‘work-life balance’ and ‘advancement opportunities’ tied for second place. In particular, ‘work-life balance’ has grown in importance to Singapore workers, climbing seven spots in the past year. Other important career attributes for workers include interesting work and acceptable work demands.
In terms of salary, workers earning S$8,000 to $8,999 are the happiest group. However, there is a curious cliff-like drop in the happiness score for employees at the S$9,000 to $9,999 range, before it goes up again at the level above S$10,000.
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