HR Strange But True!
January 26, 2012

Which country has the most satisfied employees? What about the most ambitious workers? The latest Randstad Workmonitor survey gathered data on 30 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Americas, to answer these questions.

Optimistic Outlook for 2012
In just over half of the countries (18 out of 30), workers feel their employer is entering a better year financially compared to 2011, with Argentina (93 percent) and Chile (96 percent) having the most positive exceptions. In the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, and the Netherlands, employees expect 2012 to be a difficult year.

“I’m Not Paid Enough”
In most countries, a majority of employees feel they are underpaid for the work they do (60 percent). According to Randstad data, these numbers run especially high in Poland and Hungary (both 79 percent) and in Greece (81 percent).

Expecting a Bump
More than 80 percent of the employees in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, India, and Mexico expect to receive a pay raise, bonus, or improvement in employee benefits. European employees have lower expectations, with roughly less than a third expecting to see any improvements.

OK with Relocation
While the majority of employees do not want to move abroad for a job, there are a few countries that go against the norm. Employees in China and India are not opposed to relocating, with 64 percent of Chinese and 58 percent of Indians being open to a move.

Job Satisfaction
In Europe, Norwegian, Danish, and Dutch employees are the most satisfied with their jobs. Outside Europe, Mexico and India rank highest. Japan has the least satisfied employees.

Most Ambitious Employees
Turkey, Italy, Mexico, and India boast the most ambitious employees. On the other hand, workers in the Nordics and Japan were the least focused on getting a promotion.

More findings of the Workmonitor Mobility Index, including regional differences and comments on working from home and working beyond retirement, are available in the global press report at

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