Majority of Czechs are satisfied with their jobs

Most Czech workers are satisfied with their jobs, according to the findings of the quantitative survey ‘Quality of working life’ carried out by Public Opinion Research Institute and Occupational Safety Research Institute in 2006. A greater degree of satisfaction was expressed by people who had a higher level of educational attainment and higher status jobs with better pay, than those who did not. Self-employed workers were found to be more satisfied than employees.

About the study

The representative survey ‘Quality of working life’ was carried out by the Public Opinion Research Institute (CVVM) and Occupational Safety Research Institute (VÚBP) in 2006. The survey was part of the project entitled ‘Influence of changes in the world of work on quality of life’ financed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MPSV) within the framework of the ‘Modern society and its transformations’ programme.

The survey focused on different aspects of the quality of working life of which job satisfaction was one of the key points. Those surveyed were 2,043 employed people above the age of 15 years. Information was collected through questionnaire-based standardised personal interviews.

Job satisfaction at different levels

The results of the study indicate that almost 58% of Czech workers are satisfied with their jobs, 32.3% are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, and only about 10% are dissatisfied (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Job satisfaction


Source: Occupational Safety Research Institute, 2006

A higher degree of satisfaction is expressed by people with higher level of education, in higher working positions with higher pay:

  • 35% of workers who have only primary education are satisfied with their jobs, with 22% dissatisfied.
  • 81% of graduates are satisfied with their jobs, with only 1% reporting dissatisfaction (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Job satisfaction by the level of educational attainment (%)


Note: Some of the data may add up to slightly more or less than 100% due to rounding of figures.

Source: Occupational Safety Research Institute, 2006

Job satisfaction is most often expressed by executive and management staff (86%), scientific and professional or intellectual workers (76%) and technical, healthcare and teaching staff (74%). In contrast, the least job satisfaction is felt by auxiliary and unskilled workers, with only 27% saying they are satisfied (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Job satisfaction by working position (%)


Note: Some of the data may add up to slightly more or less than 100% due to rounding of figures.

Source: Occupational Safety Research Institute, 2006

Job satisfaction in different sectors of economy

Differences in the level of job satisfaction can also be observed in different sectors. The lowest level of satisfaction is expressed by workers in the sector of trade, repair of motor vehicles and consumer goods. The highest satisfaction levels are expressed by workers in real estate, research and development, education, public administration, and finance and banking (see table).

Job satisfaction in selected sectors (%)
Sector Highly/rather satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Rather/strongly dissatisfied
Real estate, services for companies, research and development 76.1 22.4 1.5
Education 75.2 21.7 3.2
Public administration, defence, compulsory social security 74.6 18.9 6.6
Financial and insurance activities 73.2 23.9 2.8
Healthcare, veterinary and social work 67.9 25.6 6.4
Other public, social and personal services 64.9 24.6 10.5
Electricity, gas and water supply 53.8 36.5 9.6
Construction 53.4 34.2 12.4
Manufacturing industry 53.1 35.3 11.7
Agriculture and hunting, forestry 48.3 41.4 10.3
Accommodation and food service 48.3 44.9 6.8
Transportation, storage, post and telecommunications 47.9 38.8 13.3
Trade, repair of motor vehicles and consumer goods 45.5 39.2 15.4

Source: Occupational Safety Research Institute, 2006

Self-employed workers were found to be more satisfied than employees. While 55% of full-time employees and 45% of part-time employees said that they were satisfied with their jobs, 82% of entrepreneurs and self-employed workers said they were satisfied (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Satisfaction with employment by occupational status (%)


Note: Some of the data may add up to slightly more or less than 100% due to rounding of figures.

Source: Occupational Safety Research Institute, 2006

Commentary

The survey showed the public sector to be a good and liked employer, with 70% of the respondents working in public offices, institutions and local authorities saying that they are satisfied with their job. By contrast, job satisfaction among employees in the private sector is noticeably lower, especially in Czech-owned companies. Job satisfaction is reported by 52% of workers in companies with a foreign owner and by 47% of employees in Czech-owned companies, while 14% of workers in Czech companies are dissatisfied.

References

Occupational Safety Research Institute, ‘Quality of working life survey’ 2006, Prague

Štěpánka Pfeiferová, Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs (RILSA)

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