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High Job Satisfaction in New Zealand

The vast majority of people working in New Zealand are satisfied with their jobs, and manage to achieve good work-life balance. That is according to a recent survey of working life which found that nearly 9 of 10 (85.4%) of employed people were either ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ in their main job. Only 1 of 20 (4.7%) were either ‘dissatisfied’ or ‘very dissatisfied’.

The survey also found that self-employed people and permanent employees tended to be more satisfied with their jobs than temporary workers. Most employees (86.7%) thought that their employers managed health and safety risks either ‘well’ or ‘very well’. The proportions were similar for permanent (86.9%) and temporary workers (84.9%).

Permanent workers had higher earnings than temporary employees. Their median gross weekly earnings were NZ$901, compared with $487 for temporary workers.

The Survey of Working Life provides official statistics about people’s work arrangements, working conditions, and job satisfaction. The results are based on a representative sample of 14,500 employed New Zealanders.
(Source: Statistics New Zealand)
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