In its 2016 Happiness Index Report, online employment marketplace Jobstreet.com reported that Pinoys are the happiest workers in Southeast Asia with 73 percent of Filipinos happy with their jobs.
Behind Filipinos were Indonesians (71 percent), Thai workers (61 percent), Vietnamese (60 percent) and Hong Kong (57 percent). On the other end, Malaysians and Singaporeans were rated the least satisfied with their jobs at 47 percent and 48 percent, respectively.
The report comes at a prosperous economic period. Economists said that the Philippine economy increased by 7 percent between April and June, and they attribute that to an overall positive performance from multiple industries.
Filipinos were asked to rate their satisfaction rate on a 10-scale, and they comprised of the highest average score of 6.25. The survey collected results from 12,796 Filipino workers, with more than half of them coming from Metro Manila.
When divided by industry, state employees were the happiest with an average rating of 6.7. Employees in the education and oil sectors scored 6.53 and 6.49, respectively. On the other side of the spectrum, retail, banking and finance and call center employees scored the lowest.
When measuring by specialization, Filipinos specializing in hospitality-related jobs comprised of the highest happiness index.
According to the report, Pinoys from Bicol are the happiest, and workers from the Negros Island region ranked the least happy.
Philip A. Gioca, country manager for Jobstreet.com, said in a media briefing that employees just starting in their respective industries (especially recent college graduates) and those in higher-up positions are the happiest. He added that Filipinos are “genetically” happy workers who “see their future brighter than the rest.”
“When output is growing, productivity is there, targets are met, [and] you can see happier people,” Gioca said. “It’s actually [a] virtuous circle. When you have happy people, you have more productive people. And then the companies grow, and they want to invest more in their people.”
Additionally, the report indicated that a driving factor in Filipinos’ satisfaction is the camaraderie they have with their coworkers and colleagues. Other variables that contribute to job satisfaction include a convenient work location, company reputation and good salary.
Likewise, factors that contribute to job dissatisfaction include poor salary and lack of benefits and training. Gioca said that the country’s 32 percent tax rate — the second highest in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — played no significant role in happiness rating.
“Across all ASEAN countries, we are the only progressing in terms of the country’s output in the first quarter [of 2016],” Gioca said. “All in all, I can see a very positive trend that will continue in the long run.”