Government employees in China are the unhappiest with their job compared to their compatriots in other industries, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Psychology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the recruitment website zhaopin.com.
Among 9,072 respondents surveyed, government employees rank the last in 12 industries in terms of self-satisfaction, with workers with foreign ventures the most satisfied.
While in terms of respondents’ satisfaction with the organization they work for, government employees felt more satisfied than all other peers in the survey, Li Xupei, a researcher who led the survey from the institute, told the Global Times.
Although he expected a similar result, Li said government employees still surprised researchers by ranking the last in self-satisfaction.
“It shows that though they are satisfied with their status, they feel there’s a big gap between the reality (of the job) and their expectations,” he said.
“This is because the public’s knowledge about government jobs is misguided, as they assume government employees have good salaries and easy tasks, while in fact most of them are pressured and have a lot of responsibilities. I think that society needs to judge them more objectively,” Li said, adding that being unable to vent their frustration also exacerbates their problems.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor