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China's Workers Unhappy with Jobs, Survey Finds

Huang Chen
Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 2:59 AM ET

China's workers are among the least likely in Asia to see their jobs as ideal, a survey by consultancy Gallup Inc. shows.

Job seekers read recruitment newspapers at a job fair in Shanghai, China.
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Job seekers read recruitment newspapers at a job fair in Shanghai, China.

The survey found that only 49 percent of Chinese employees were satisfied with their jobs. The percentage exceeded Vietnam's, but trailed that of 20 other places, including the Philippines, Afghanistan and Cambodia.

The survey was done last year and involved 1,000 employees in 20 Asian regions, plus Australia and New Zealand.

Sixty-five percent of workers in Taiwan and 61 percent in Hong Kong said they liked their jobs.

Laos was atop the list, with 90 percent of respondents saying they had an ideal job.

Only 63 percent of Chinese employees felt their jobs allowed them to develop their potential, compared with 68 percent in 2010. The level is also lower than many other Asian economies.

Workers in the manufacturing sector were most likely to say they don't have an opportunity to do what they are good at, whereas those in professional fields, such as engineering and finance, were less likely to say so.

Thirty-three percent of all Chinese respondents said they were underpaid, while another 60 percent said they receive reasonable compensation.

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