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Over 80 per cent of municipal employees would be willing to recommend their employer to their friends

JHL (29.09.2010 - Juhani Artto) A big majority of municipal employees are satisfied with their well-being at work. This is the major conclusion of a new survey conducted by The Local Government Pensions Institute. The situation has remained fairly steady if compared with the results of identical 2008 and 2009 surveys. Now, job satisfaction is such that up to 82 per cent of employees would be ready to recommend their employer to their friends. In 2008, the number was 74 per cent.

The noticeable rise in the number of people claiming job satisfaction needs to be taken into context. Clearly, it is linked to the recession that began in autumn 2008 as the latest survey shows that continuous employment to be among the most valued and appreciated considerations when it comes to evaluating or deciding upon job satisfaction in the municipal sector. In the same 2008-2010 period there was a slight dip in the self-esteem of employees -in terms of physical and mental well-being- but still it remained relatively high, at 7.7 and 8.1 on a scale of 0 to 10.

The employer also received good marks when employees were asked about demands put on their skills balanced against the skills they feel they have. Here they scored 8.1 on the same scale from 0 to 10.

When it came to dissatisfaction in the world of work a large proportion of the respondents cited the lack of staff on hand to deal with and perform certain tasks. In the health sector 52 per cent were of the opinion that staffing was inadequate. In the social and technical sectors about a third of the employees were of the same opinion.

A somewhat smaller proportion of employees say that they are not given enough time to perform their tasks. There is also dissatisfaction with the flow of information at work places and with the investment and contribution the employer is making towards advancing well-being at work.

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