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Singapore workers want higher wages, but believe it comes at a cost: Survey

SINGAPORE – Workers in Singapore want the opportunity to progress and earn higher incomes, however they believe it comes at a cost, according to online job portal jobsDB’s National Day Survey.

SINGAPORE – Workers in Singapore want the opportunity to progress and earn higher incomes, however they believe it comes at a cost, according to online job portal jobsDB’s National Day Survey.

Those polled also believed that a strong candidate must be able to thrive in stressful situations, work with people of different cultures, have respect for hierarchy, it helps to be attractive in the eyes of ones interviewer as well.

According to the survey, 95 per cent of respondents believe “being able to work in stressful situations” is important to secure a job in Singapore, reflecting the high pressure environments that many workers feel they are exposed to. The common perception of hierarchy in the Singapore working environment was supported by 80 per cent of respondents who ranked “respect for hierarchy” as important. Interestingly, this was followed closely by “being attractive in the eyes of your interviewer”, rated important by 72 per cent of respondents.

Reflective of Singapore’s culturally diverse workforce, 94 per cent of respondents believe the “ability to work with people of different cultures” is important. This finding is reinforced again with 67% of respondents indicating that when evaluating a prospective employer, being part of a ‘culturally diverse team’ is important.

On average, the “opportunity to progress” in a new role was rated as extremely to highly important by 84 per cent of respondents when looking for a prospective employer.

This was closely followed by maintaining a “work/life balance” (83 per cent). Further to this, 77 per cent of respondents would look to move jobs to ‘secure a higher income’, however, 67 per cent believe that “willingness to accept a lower salary” is important in securing a job.

These results demonstrate the increasingly ambitious nature of workers in Singapore but reflect the hard reality that many workers feel they are consistently undervalued, further supporting the results of the Consumer Market Survey released by jobsDB Singapore on July 4 this year.

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