Most professionals in world happy with their jobs – survey

22 Nov 2011

Despite global economic challenges, most professionals (63pc) around the world are “happy” or “very happy” in their current jobs, a survey by business social network LinkedIn suggests.

LinkedIn surveyed more than 12,000 professionals worldwide about their career ambitions and satisfaction with their current jobs.

The survey found that professionals in the Netherlands are happiest with their jobs, with 80pc having said they were “happy” or “very happy” in their current roles.

Professionals in Japan, on the other hand, were least happy in their jobs, with only 31pc being “happy” or “very happy” in their jobs.

“A tough economy can make professionals appreciate facets of their job they might otherwise overlook when business is booming,” said LinkedIn’s connection director, Nicole Williams.

“Perhaps you didn’t get the raise you wanted this year, but you are appreciative of an amazing, supportive manager who keeps an eye out for opportunities that will help you grow in your career.”

Survey examines optimism about jobs

The survey also revealed that most professionals are optimistic about their futures with their current employers.

Some 52pc of global respondents agreed that if they work hard and demonstrate results, they have a good chance of advancing in their company.

The most optimistic professionals were found in Brazil, where 63pc of respondents said they have a good chance of advancing in their company if they work hard and demonstrate results. Fifty-two per cent of professionals in the US agree with this outlook, but professionals in Spain (44pc) were the least optimistic about their job prospects with their current employers.

LinkedIn did not release survey findings with respect to professionals in Ireland.

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