Job satisfaction plays a major part when undertaking labour hire in Queensland, but new figures suggest that Australians are generally happy about their current situation.
Data from Roy Morgan Research shows that the official full-time working week stands at 38 hours, as defined by Fair Work Australia, but 26.7 per cent of people in paid employment work in excess of 40 hours.
Just over one in five of these people spend more than 60 hours per week in the workplace – but this doesn’t necessarily mean they are not deriving any satisfaction from their jobs.
A total of 33.5 per cent of workers who did more than 40 hours work a week revealed they are very satisfied with their jobs, while a further 43.9 per cent are satisfied.
In fact, these people are generally more optimistic about their jobs than the rest of the workforce, where 32.5 per cent are very satisfied and 42.9 per cent would consider themselves satisfied.
Just 6.6 per cent of all Australians in paid employment are dissatisfied with their current role, while 2.4 per cent admitted they are very dissatisfied – 14.8 per cent were ambivalent when faced with the question.
Roy Morgan Research identified that a number of factors are taken into consideration when assessing job satisfaction – security, a healthy salary and recognition of good work are just some of them.
Half of Australians said their job security is good, while a similar proportion also rated their pay as either good or very good.
Industry communications director at the group Norman Morris said: “There are currently almost 11 million Australians in paid employment, and just over three quarters of them are satisfied with their jobs.
“While many people work long hours, and others consider themselves poorly paid, it’s encouraging to see that job satisfaction is so widespread.”
He also noted that recognition is one of the key areas that employees look for when assessing job satisfaction – the figures showed that 55.3 per cent are happy with the acknowledgement they receive.
However, 18.4 per cent said they are dissatisfied with the amount of recognition they receive on the job, with 36.7 per cent of them unhappy in their position too.
This is more than four times the national average for job dissatisfaction, showing there is still room for improvement when it comes to the nation’s employers recognising the efforts of their staff.